Business awards honour local entrepreneurs with black-tie gala
The Airdrie business community, celebrated its best and brightest on Oct. 26, in grand fashion at the Woodside Golf Course.
The sold-out Airdrie Business Awards, had a James Bond theme, and residents didn’t disappoint, bringing out their best and dressing to impress.
The annual Airdrie Business Awards celebrates the best in Airdrie business and their commitment to encouraging community efforts.
This year, the Airdrie Business Leader Award was presented to Jim Hassett of Hassett and Reid LLP.
During his acceptance speech, Hassett encouraged business owners to write a community plan, similar to writing a business plan, to outline how they can give back to the community.
The evening’s host, former alderman candidate Rob Jamieson, announced the finalists and winners of the evenings three awards.
“This year there were 142 nominations to 58 businesses,” Jamieson said. “The finalists then go through to the selection committee.”
The Winning Edge Award is given to a small business - with less than 50 employees - that has been open for business for at least three years, which exhibits “outstanding achievement in innovative practices, customer service and growth and actively participates in the community.”
Nominated in this category were: Dairy Queen, Watches ‘N’ More Promotional Products Inc., Summerhill Florist, Access Chiropractic and Wellness and Mane Image Hair Design Ltd.
This year’s recipient was Summerhill Florist, owned by Colette Storms. This award is sponsored by the Airdrie Business Resource Partnership.
Storms thanks the business community and explained how much her business has grown over the past few years.
“It was amazing,” she told the Airdrie City View after the awards. “There are some many people in that room that do so much (for the community) and then to find yourself winning the award was amazing.”
The Eco Edge Award, sponsored by the City of Airdrie Environmental Services Advisory Board, “is awarded to a business that promotes, supports and provides leadership in the environmental arena and that demonstrates a long-term commitment to sustainability.”
The nominees in this category were: Davis Chevrolet, Kick it to the Curb, London Drugs, Natural Green and the Woodside Golf Course.
The winner was London Drugs and Colleen Lancaster, manager of the store accepted the award on behalf of the staff.
“We promote environmentally friendly initiatives,” she explained. “We run (operations) at 95 per cent green levels and recycle (everything we can).”
The Family Friendly Business Award recognizes “a local business that embraces family values with employees, customers and the community through: creating a welcoming environment for families to visit, fostering a family supportive environment for their employees and demonstrating consideration of family needs in the greater community.”
Nominated in this category were: Amato Gelato, Grow with Us, JDS Construction, The Little Gym and Woodside Golf Course.
The winner in this category, sponsored by the Airdrie National Family Week Steering Committee, was JDS Construction, owned by Paul Wolff.
Wolff gave a brief acceptance speech, where he thanked the employees and their families.
The Airdrie Business Awards are organized and promoted through the Airdrie business community.
“We would especially like to recognize the contributions of our 2013 Platinum Sponsors – Hassett & Reid LLP, MNP, the City of Airdrie, FortisAlberta, Airdrie 360 and Woodside Golf Course,” Matt Carre, media chair for the Airdrie Business Awards Committee said.