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Nominations open for Airdrie Business Awards

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 10:13 am

2013 Winning Edge Award winner Colette Storms, owner of Summerhill Florist with Mayor Peter Brown at last year's awards gala.
2013 Winning Edge Award winner Colette Storms, owner of Summerhill Florist with Mayor Peter Brown at last year's awards gala.
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Nominations have officially opened for the 2014 Airdrie Business Awards.

Formerly known as the Winning Edge Awards, this year will mark the 17th year that businesses in Airdrie will be honoured for their work, and the second under the current title of Airdrie Business Awards.

There are four categories in which to nominate a business, including the Winning Edge Award, given to a small business (less that 50 people) that best exhibits outstanding achievement in innovation practices, service, growth, and actively participates in the community.

“A lot of the criteria for the Winning Edge Award is based on contribution to the community,” said Leona Esau, chair of the Airdrie Business Resource Partnership (ABRP). “We look at leadership in the community, whether they are mentoring and advising other businesses, how much they contribute as far as both time and finances.”

The ABRP is the organizer of the awards and also the sponsor of the Winning Edge Award. There are three other awards up for grabs this year, including the Eco Edge Award, the Family Friendly Business Award, and the Airdrie Business Leader Award.

Last year’s winners include, Jim Hassett as Airdrie Business Leader, Summerhill Florist for Winning Edge, London Drugs won the Eco Edge, and JDS Construction took home the Family Friendly Business Award.

The Airdrie Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor of this year’s Airdrie Business Leader Award.

The award recognizes an exceptional leader, in both business and the community and is about recognizing leaders who make significant contributions to the growth and development of Airdrie.

Nominees for all of the award categories, except the Airdrie Business Leader can be self-nominated.

Hunt said for the other three, it is encouraged that businesses nominate themselves.

“We really want businesses to nominate themselves for the other three categories,” said Lorna Hunt, Airdrie Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We have so many businesses in Airdrie that are doing great things and deserve recognition.”

Small businesses are booming in Airdrie, according to Esau, who said that around 98 per cent of the businesses in the city are considered to be small businesses.

“This is an opportunity for us to celebrate all the success of our local small businesses and recognize what they’re doing, and the more stories we tell the more attention Airdrie will get,” said Esau. “The more recognition we give to these businesses the more likely people are to shop here and other small business owners will see Airdrie as a great place to either start or expand their business. We can leverage the success of our current business to continue to grow.”

Nominations will be open until July 15 and awards will be handed out during a banquet to wrap up small business week in October.

Nominations can be filled out online at


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