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Passions Beauty Studio of Warman was named the Business of the Year at the first annual Warman and Martensville Chambers of Commerce Business Excellence Awards ceremony on Friday, May 27.
The Warman Small Animal Hospital won two awards: one for customer service and one for best new business.
Lakeview Insurance in Martensville won the award for community involvement.
Marla Janzen Realty was presented with the award for marketing.
The awards ceremony, held at the Brian King Centre in Warman, was a cooperative effort by the chambers of commerce in the neighbouring cities to celebrate the growth of the business sector and to “recognize the entrepreneurial passion, talent, dedication and the tireless efforts” of the businesses in both centres.
Elise Hildebrandt, President of the Warman Chamber of Commerce, said the awards give business owners and their employees a sense of accomplishment and pride, and give customers an opportunity to see how successful businesses are in the area.
Martensville Chamber President Trent Ens said business owners are aiming to inspire people.
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Steve McLellan said the packed house of 250 people at the awards ceremony reflects the dynamic spirit of the two communities.
“This awards ceremony was exceptionally well-done and very professional,” said McLellan in an interview as the evening was winding down. “It’s really hard to believe these chambers are less than three years old.
“There are some superb businesses here that are doing amazing things for their community. This is a very sophisticated business sector.”
McLellan said the rest of the province may be going through challenging times, but that’s not reflected in Martensville and Warman, where growth is still strong.
‘The rest of us have some work to do to catch up with Martensville and Warman,” he said.
Dave Buckingham, the former Mayor of Borden who was recently elected as MLA for the riding of Saskatoon Westview, said the provincial economy’s strength lies in the business sector.
“People across this province work hard to create jobs and economic growth in local communities,” said Buckingham. “That’s what’s really inspiring about an event like this.”
Ernie Quintal, former President of the Warman Chamber of Commerce, said he was “amazed” at the growth of the two chambers of commerce and the success of the awards event.
“This was always part of the original vision,” said Quintal. “It’s really nice to see it come to fruition. I honestly can’t believe it. We came from such humble beginnings to this. I just see bigger and better things down the road.”
The other nominees in the categories included:
Business of the Year: Clark’s Crossing Gazette, Smokehaus Meats, Warman Physiotherapy and Wellness, Warman Small Animal Hospital.
Marketing: Firebird Business Consulting, Spotlight Sport and Corporate Wear, Warman Physiotherapy and Wellness, Zeal Media.
Community Involvement: Martensville Community Thrift Store, Sandy Lockhart Photography, Warman Small Animal Hospital, Warman Ultimate Cheerleading.
Customer Service: Finelite Photography and Design, RBC Royal Bank, Passions Beauty Studio, Warman Eyecare.
New Business: Canalta Hotels, CJ’s Climb and Play, Mennie Design and Build, Warman Physiotherapy and Wellness.
Corporate sponsors included title sponsor Wiegers Financial and Benefits; award sponsors Trusted Saskatoon.com, SaskTel, Kessler Insurance, Go2Guys and ICR Commercial. Other event sponsors included the Clark’s Crossing Gazette, Smokehaus Meats and Deli, Great Western Brewing, Loraas Disposal, PotashCorp, RBC, the Mortgage Centre, Martensville Plumbing and Heating, SAS Home and Floral Boutique, TruGala Decor and ACT Audio