News Release: 03/10/2013 Medicine Hat Businesses Take Home Top Honours at Alberta Business Awards of Distinction
(Medicine Hat) Three Medicine Hat businesses received top honours at the 22nd Alberta Business Awards of Distinction held this Friday at a gala evening honouring business excellence held at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort. A total of 37 businesses and organizations from across Alberta were named as finalists by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce with 11 of those finalists operating in Medicine Hat. Other finalists vying for the province’s top honours hailed from Edmonton, Calgary, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Athabasca, Fort McKay, Morinville, Acheson, Hobbema, Neeralta and Standoff.
Servus Credit Union took home the Employer of Youth Award of Distinction which is awarded to an organization that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in hiring youth and providing them with career-oriented opportunities. Servus is committed to hiring, training, and providing opportunities for your people to advance in the company, and provides a number of internal training courses on leadership and managing change, as well as financial support for continued education.
The Marketing Award of Distinction was awarded to the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta, which has utilized its strong web and media presence, YouTube channel feature page, and print materials as part of a strategic campaign to help educate Alberta businesses on ways to retain and grow their businesses and expand into other sectors.
Limelitez Dance Academy took home top honours with the Youth Entrepreneur Award of Distinction which recognizes leadership, growth potential, and a high level of social, cultural and environmental awareness. Owner/Operator Jerridi Cowan’s energy and dedication to the studio have resulted in remarkable growth and exciting possibilities for the future. Limelitez was also named as one of four finalists for the Premier’s Award of Distinction which all ABAD finalists are eligible.
Congratulations also go out to the following local businesses that were named as award finalists: Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction - McDonald’s Restaurant, Davis GMC Buick; Employer of Youth Award of Distinction - Dynamic Industrial Solutions, MNP LLP; Youth Entrepreneur Award of Distinction - Family Physique Studio, Bumbleboo; Export Award of Distinction - The Litebook Company Ltd., Solutions Software Ltd.
Jason Melhoff, Chamber Board President, stated “We are proud of the leadership and contributions the Medicine Hat finalists make to our community. To have so many local businesses provincially recognized is something our community can be proud of and we credit the leadership, innovation and perseverance of our business community for these achievements. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and members of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce, we extend our sincerest congratulations to the finalists and winners on their prestigious recognition.”
Locally, the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has been honouring outstanding business achievement at its annual Business Awards which were first presented over 12 years ago. The awards were first initiated with two categories, Small Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year, and have evolved over the years to the 15 categories that that our now presented. Qualifying nominations from the local awards are submitted at the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction following the Business Awards banquet that takes place annually in October during national small business week.
A full list of Alberta Business Awards of Distinction categories including backgrounders one each recipient is available at http://www.abchamber.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ABAD_Winners_13_News_Release.pdf
The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization that proudly represents the interests of businesses in Medicine Hat & area. Provincially and nationally the Chamber is part of a larger business network, aligning with organizations such as the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 23,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), representing over 192,000 businesses. Being aligned with the largest and most influential business organizations in Alberta and Canada respectively, the Chamber can work together to shape policy that will make a difference to businesses in our region.