Chamber seeks nominees for business awards
Saturday, Aug 02, 2014 06:00 am
It’s time to vote for the best in business.
Every year in October, St. Albert’s entrepreneurial leaders are honoured at the Small Business Awards of Distinction evening.
But before they can climb the stage at the Arden Theatre and shine in the light, businesses must first be nominated for an award by residents, co-workers, or other entrepreneurs in the community.
The St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations in seven categories: small business, business to business, marketing, outstanding customer service, young entrepreneur, ignite and youth work experience and apprenticeship.
The Small Business Award is given to an independent organization that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to its customers, as well as strong management expertise that make it a role model for other small businesses.
To be eligible for the award, nominees must have no more than 100 full-time employees.
The Business to Business Award is given to an organization that provides a service to other businesses. It has demonstrated high service quality and adaptability to changing customer service needs.
Outstanding customer service will also be recognized with an award, presented to a business that has shown commitment and delivery of exceptional service.
The Marketing Award goes to an organization that “has developed and implemented a unique, innovative, and successful marketing strategy” that either impacts the organization or its target market.
The Young Entrepreneur Award will be presented to an individual that owns at least 50 per cent of the business and who has shown outstanding achievement “in the development and operation of a business.”
Work experience co-ordinators can also recognize their students with the Youth Work Experience and Apprenticeship Award.
The award is given to a Grade 12 high school student (or a Grade 11 student within the last five credits of work experience) in the work or apprenticeship program.
This year, the chamber will also continue the Ignite Award. The award, added to the list last year, recognizes a startup business that is in its first three years of business, and has demonstrated itself as the most dynamic in the community.
Those wishing to nominate a business or entrepreneur will have to fill out a form online at stalbertchamber.com. A team of judges will then visit each nominated business to interview the candidates and select the winners.
All nominees will be honoured on stage during the Small Business Awards of Distinction evening on Oct. 16 at the Arden Theatre.