Grande Prairie’s best local businesses have been recognized at the Chamber’s Awards of Distinction. The nominees were submitted and then voted on by the public, as well as a selection committee.
This year’s best small business is Better Than Fred’s while the top business with under 10 employees was Bear Creek Funeral Home. GP Brewing Co. was named the city’s best new business, while Jesi Milhousen of Motley Que Barbecue took the young entrepreneur title.
Big Brother Big Sisters GP and Area is considered the employer of choice, and Benita Galandy is this year’s Service Superstar for going above and beyond at the Elders Caring Shelter. Taking home this year’s Community Spirit Award was Lee’s Sheet Metal, while the Grant Berg Gallery won the Eagle Feather Award as a First Nation, Metis or Inuit owned business that demonstrates outstanding achievement in business.
This year’s Innovator Award was handed out to Competitive Edge Business Solutions, while the Grande Prairie Live Theatre Society earned the Arts and Culture Award. The kudos were wrapped up with the Fuse Realty getting the nod for marketing, and Goodwill Industries’ Power of Work program being named the best employer of persons with challenges.
All of the 12 finalists will be submitted for consideration for the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Awards of Distinction in February 2017. 2day FM and Vista Radio is honoured to have been nominated for the Community Spirit Award.