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Local businesses honoured at awards ceremony

The Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards event on October 17th. Twelve local businesses went home with awards that night.

The Small Business of the Year Award for a business with 10-100 Employees went to the Bear Creek Animal Hospital and the winner of the award for Small Business of the Year with 10 employees or less went to OMG! Cupcakes. These awards are given to business owners who have demonstrated excellence in business in a number of areas including performance and community involvement.

The Community Spirit Award went to Willy’s Trucking Services. That award recognizes businesses for their outstanding community spirit in supporting events, programs, services or initiatives that benefit Grande Prairie and the Peace Region.

The Young Entrepreneur Award is given to those aged 18-34 who have successfully launched a productive business. That award went to Express Car Wash.

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Grassroots Realty Group won the Best New Business Award for a business started within the last two years.

Aztec Engineering Inc won Employer of Choice Award as voted by their employees. That award goes to a company that provides workers with an outstanding positive, healthy and productive workplace.

The Marketing Award went to Curry’s Jewellers. The marketing award is given to a business that has put successful marketing strategies in place that have made a significant impact on the organization.

Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association Service Superstar Award went to the team at Janina’s Jewellers. The award is given to employees in the hospitality, service and retail sector who go above and beyond to delivery of customer service.

Fred Estlin won the GPRC Research and Innovation Innovator Award which is given to a person who has made significant contributions to their business.

The Eagle Feather Award, given to a First Nations, Metis or Inuit owned business, went to Vogue Beauty Canada.

The Arts and Culture Award went to the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival. That award is given to an organization that demonstrates outstanding achievement and contribution to their community.

Finally, the Employer of Persons with Challenges Award, given to a business who demonstrates good practices in hiring, training and developing employees with challenges was presented to the Northwest Wellness Centre.

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