It’s time to honour business brilliance in the community as the Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala is coming up.
Chamber executive administrator Laurie Hodge spoke with The Leader to give a preview of what will be in store for the 2018 edition of the gala.
She feels that it is a good thing to show appreciation to exceptional businesses. The workers of these establishments are dedicated and take their crafts seriously.
“I think it is important that our Slave Lake and area business community get recognized for the hard work they do,” she says.
Hodge says that these businesses are good for the community. They all help each other stay healthy and foster a good environment for commerce.
“Not only do they manage businesses but they also volunteer in the community, donate and support other local businesses,” she says.
There will be 11 awards handed out and the top three nominees were chosen on Feb. 8.
Sniper Communications, Kal Tire, the Rex Theatre and Wonderland Playground Cafe and Party are the nominees for the Business of the Year Award.
Nash Giroux LLP, Slave Lake Dental and Slave Lake Yoga are the top nominees for the Professional Business of the Year award.
M&M Logging Inc., Kal Tire and Motormania Parts and Services Ltd. were selected for the Industrial Business of the Year award.
FIX. Coffee Bar and Bakery, Toniroz Grill and Restaurant and Doms Gastropub are the nominees for the Hospitality Business of the Year award.
Grateful Heart, Appara Shoes and Great Escapes Travel are the top three nominees for the Commercial/Retail Business of the Year award.
Britney Whitney of BB Waxing and Esthetics, Shauna Fiddler of Stella and Dot and Kayla Ghostkeeper of Keeper Photography were selected for the Home-Based Business of the Year award.
Ali Mouallem, Billy Bremner and Doug Babiy are nominated for the Business Person of the Year award.
Devon Phelps and Christine Thompson of The Flipside, Ben Fiddler and Chad Paulson of Dog Island Brewing and Frankie Giroux of Nash Giroux LLP and Frankie’s Fricken Flowers are up for the Entrepreneur Under 40 award.
Tolko Industries Ltd., Exact Oilfield and Slave Lake Dental were nominated for the Employer of the Year award.
Carolann Porterfield, Elaine Ridley and Calvin Couturier are the nominees for the Employee of the Year award.
Brenna Emes, Stage North and Andy Assaf are up for the Spirit of Slave Lake award.
Two of these awards are new. Hodge says those are the Entrepreneur Under 40 and Home-Based Business awards.
Hodge explains that nominations for all awards had to be submitted by Feb. 2. The Chamber received many more nominations this year than last year, but they did not share how many. The nominations were accepted online.
Hodge says there will be entertainment at the gala. There will be musical performances by local groups; the Stacy Stiles Band and the Roland Tones. The Roland Tones is the jazz band at Roland Michener Secondary School.
The gala will take place on Feb. 24 at the Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre Peace Pipe Ball Room. It starts with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. The awards will follow.
Tickets are $85 each or $600 for a table. You can purchase tickets at Remax, The Business Factory or by calling the chamber at 780-849-3222 or email [email protected] You will need to RSVP by Feb. 16.
Ken Carpenter, left, of Exact Oilfield Developing was the winner of the 2018 Spirit of Slave Lake award. The 2018 awards will take place on Feb. 24.
Chef Tony Giesbrecht will be catering the 2018 gala awards. He is pictured here at the 2017 gala.