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Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce hands out Business Excellence Awards

Ridley Terminals, represented by Tom Harvey, Nathan Lauer, Dennis Blake and Michelle Bryant accept the Business of the Year Award from RCMP officer Geoff Tisdall who handed out all of the trophies. - Martina Perry
Ridley Terminals, represented by Tom Harvey, Nathan Lauer, Dennis Blake and Michelle Bryant accept the Business of the Year Award from RCMP officer Geoff Tisdall who handed out all of the trophies.
— image credit: Martina Perry

Stars of the Prince Rupert business community gathered at the Crest Hotel over the week for this year's Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards that saw hardworking people recognized for their efforts.

"[The winners] are an amazing group of businesses, organizes and individuals that won this year's awards. It's really special to see these people get nominated and win," Jason Scherr, President of the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce, said after the presentation concluded on Saturday evening.

"The role of the Chamber is to help build a diverse, competitive business environment to enhance the quality of life in Prince Rupert. I think this collection of people are working toward that goal."

Over 200 nominations came in this year for a variety of businesses, with 950 people voting for their favourites. Scherr says he considers this year's Chamber Award voting numbers a runaway success.

"I think that speaks volumes to the Chamber's engagement in the community this year," he said.

This year's Rookie Business of the Year award went to the Fresh Onion Cafe, a provider of delicious foods located in the Ocean Centre Mall.

This year's newest Business Excellence Award category, Child Friendly Business of the Year, went to Cowpuccinos for its efforts to make children comfortable and entertained while they are in the establishment.

The Metlakatla Wilderness Trail won this year's Green Award for it's appreciated attempts for an environmentally-friendly business.

The Aboriginal Business of the Year award went to PAC 10 Tutoring. The tutoring program for all grade levels has won this award in the past, and continues to impress it's students and their families.

Stuck on Designs were voted as the Small Business of the Year in Industry, Manufacturing and Transportation, being recognized as the preferred printing establishment in Prince Rupert.

The winner of Small Business of the Year in Hospitality, Tourism and Service was Cow Bay Cafe, for their renowned meals and friendly atmosphere.

Being voted as the Small Business of the Year in Retail was Eddie's News, an establishment known for it's impressive selection of reading material and friendly service.

The Crest Hotel was named the winners of the Excellence in Customer Service award for it's high quality of serving it's visitors.

The Rupert Square Mall was named the Newsmaker of the Year for it's growth in the past year to include stores such as Wal Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Express News and Dollarama.

The Community Involvement Award was given to the Prince Rupert Rampage for their assistance to a community that has supported them over the last half a decade.

Chamber President Jason Scherr was named Chamber Member of the Year for all of his efforts to the club.

The Prince Rupert Special Events Society was given the Volunteer Organization of the Year award for keeping Prince Rupert entertained with the non-profit group's various events.

Ridley Terminals Inc. was given the biggest award of the evening, the Business of the Year award. The company has continued to expand over the past year, and continues to lend a helping hand in the community.

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