Finalists have been chosen and the winners of this year’s Airdrie Business Awards will be announced at a gala event Oct. 19 at Bert Church Live Theatre. According to Lynn Kehoe with the organizing committee, the event generally sells out – and with tickets already on sale, she encourages anyone interested in attending to plan ahead.
“This gala is open to all members of the public, and it’s such a fun night,” she said. “For $50, you can come out for the award presentation, a comedy show, cocktails, appetizers – and a few surprises this year.”
The awards are presented during small business week, Kehoe said, as a celebration of the many businesses that have helped build the community. Nominations for the awards opened at the beginning of June and finalists were announced Sept. 5.
“Nominations come from customers, from staff, and sometimes even from the businesses themselves,” Kehoe said, adding a record-breaking 147 nominations were received this year. “We do have different criteria for each award, and we try to make sure that we include all of the businesses within the community.”
In addition to the Business Leader Award, the Emerging Business Award, the Employer Excellence Award, the Environmental Stewardship Business Award and the Winning Edge Award, this year’s event includes a brand new category – the Legacy Business Award.
“Sometimes, I think people forget about the businesses that have been around for years and make up the backbone of our community,” Kehoe said. “These are businesses that have been around for 15 years or more, and it’s important for us to recognize the contributions they make.”
According to Kehoe, next year’s program will potentially include an award recognizing the many franchise businesses that benefit the community.
“It’s important as a business community, and as a community in general, to look at the places you go every day and the business owners who support all of the small things that happen in our community – you want to celebrate that and say thanks,” she said. “We don’t have a community without all those little businesses that are involved in it.”
Historically, the recipient of the Business Leader Award is announced prior to the gala event to allow the business owner the opportunity to prepare a speech – but Kehoe said this year all winners will be announced the night of the event.
“We’re really excited about this year’s awards presentation and we’re hoping to see a lot of people out,” she said. “If you own a business, or if you nominated someone, or if you just want to enjoy a fun night, get your tickets early.”
For the list of finalists or to purchase tickets, visit airdriebusinessawards.com