The Town of Blackfalds 2014 Business of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Blackfalds & District Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Blackfalds Economic Development & Tourism Board were presented Tuesday evening at a recognition ceremony and mixer at the Civic Centre.
The three categories of awards presented were Service Business of the Year, Retail Business of the Year and Community Spirit Business of the Year.
Nominations for these awards were accepted from Oct. 10th to Nov. 10th and the nomination forms were available at over 40 local businesses as well online.
Mayor Melodie Stol provided greetings to those in attendance on behalf of the Town of Blackfalds council and spoke of the importance of small business in the community, noting that, “All of the growth in the Town and surrounding area is making many people look to Blackfalds and its welcoming environment as the place that they want to make their business dreams come true.”
All of the businesses that received nominations were acknowledged by the President of the Blackfalds & District Chamber of Commerce, Carlene Kowalchuk. These included Focus Family Chiropractic, Peaceful Patch Quilt Shoppe, Blackfalds Professional Pharmacy, Sandstone IDA Pharmacy, Alpen Dental, Blackfalds Gas & Wash, Rose’s Front Room, Main Street Hardware, Farmer’s Market, DEEEZ Workshop, Tiki Sun Studio and After the Grind.
She shared with those in attendance that, “The caliber of nominations this year was exceptional and that it was a really tough job for the judging panel to select only three award winners.”
Denise Sumner, chairperson of the Town of Blackfalds Economic Development & Tourism Board assisted Carlene Kowalchuk with introducing the 2014 Business of the Year winners and presenting them with their framed ‘Business of Distinction’ certificates.
The winners included, for Service Business of the Year – Alpen Dental; Retail Business of the Year – Peaceful Patch Quilt Shoppe and the Community Spirit Business of the Year award went to the Blackfalds Farmer’s Market.
Sumner concluded the presentation ceremony by congratulating the winners and thanking those present for their participation in the event. “It has been so great to see all of the recent achievements of the small businesses in the community.”