Introducing the Airdrie Business Awards:
Winning Edge Awards renamed, nominations open until Sept. 6
Airdrie’s Winning Edge Awards are getting a makeover this year and will now be known as the Airdrie Business Awards.
The awards are hosted by the Airdrie Business Resource Partnership (ABRP) with sponsorships from the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce, the Airdrie Environmental Services Board and the Airdrie National Family Week Steering Committee.
After 15 years, the name has been changed in an effort to add more recognition and prestige to the awards.
“Not everyone knew about these awards,” said Matt Carre, communications coordinator for the Airdrie Business Awards organizing committee. “The name Airdrie Business Awards is more of an all-encompassing name.”
The focus will remain on small businesses with a strong dedication to promoting and recognizing those who help broaden and diversify Airdrie’s business community. The names of the individual awards handed out at the event will remain the same as in the past.
The awards have been a staple in Airdrie’s small business week for 15 years and the first Winning Edge Award – given to a small business (less than 50 employees) that best exhibits outstanding achievement in innovative practices, customer service and growth - was handed out in 1998 to M&M Meat Shops.
Through the years, the awards have grown and added three more honours including the Eco Edge Award – given to a business that promotes, supports and provides leadership in the environmental arena and was added in 2002.
The Family Friendly Business Award joined the list in 2005 and is given to a business that demonstrates family friendly practices that support employees’ needs inside and outside of the workplace and/or make it fun for families to visit.
The most recent addition is the Airdrie Business Leader Award, given to a local visionary who is an exceptional leader, both in business and the community was added in 2010.
Wendy Bates-Wiebe, owner of the Hair Lounge, was the recipient of last year’s Winning Edge Award after her second time being nominated.
“It was such a great honour to be recognized for my work by my peers,” said Bates-Wiebe. “I was up against some great businesses and to win was a proud moment for me, I still have my plaque on my desk.”
The Hair Lounge still stands as the only hair salon in Airdrie to be nominated for both the Winning Edge Award and Family Friendly Award in the same year.
Nominations will be open through Sept. 6 and Carre encourages anyone who knows of a business that deserves recognition to submit a nomination.
“We really encourage self-nomination as well,” said Carre. “A lot of people don’t feel right about nominating themselves but there are just so many businesses out there that we might not know about otherwise.”
Three of the four award categories are open to self-nominations, with the Airdrie Business Leader Award standing as the only one where a nomination must come from another person in the community.
Winners are chosen by four different committees – one for each award – after nominations have been closed and the nominees have all been reviewed under the set criteria.
“These awards are an important celebration for the business community,” said Airdrie Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorna Hunt. “We want to acknowledge our business leaders and the business community in Airdrie is very supportive of one another; this event is always sold out and everyone really enjoys it.”
The awards gala will be held at Woodside Golf Course on Oct. 26 and will be a James Bond themed cocktail party.
To submit a nomination for an award, visit
www.abrponline.com or pick up a form at City Hall or the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, contact Matt Carre at firstname.lastname@example.org