Nominate Ponoka’s best businesses

Another year has passed for the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce and it is time to recognize its members for their work

Another year has passed for the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce and it is time to recognize its members for their work in the community. Presentation of the 2012 annual business awards is Oct. 26 and the deadline for nominations is Sept. 21.

Categories remain the same and the chamber has kept its Customer Service Person of the Year category, with nominations open to the public.

Awards chairperson Inger Laing enjoys seeing businesses showcased. “I always look forward to it. It’s nice to recognize different businesses.”

This year’s theme is Putting on the Glitz with the hope attendees will dress the part for the awards ceremony.

The best place to start with customer service nominations is to consider the actions of the employees, Laing explained.

“If they feel somebody does outstanding service…then that would be a good place to start, and the same with the businesses,” she said.

She feels events such as the chamber awards can help draw in other businesses to the community and she suggests it might be something for the chamber to consider by opening up votes for more categories.

“The more people you involve the more it kind of gains momentum,” she stated.

Laing looks forward to the presentations to the winning businesses. “The presentations are what stand out the most. It’s nice to see who wins and why.”

She suggests people should get their nominations in as soon as possible.

And the categories are:

Business of the Year:

Small business: Presented to a business that consistently demonstrates a commitment to excellence, shows growth and profitability and acts as a role model for other businesses.

Medium business: Presented to a business that consistently demonstrates a commitment to excellence, shows growth and profitability and acts as a role model for other small businesses.

Large business: Presented to a business that consistently demonstrates a commitment to excellence, shows growth and profitability and acts as a role model for other business and has had an active involvement in the community.

Industrial Business of the Year:

• Presented to an industrial business carrying on business in manufacturing, oilfield services, production and/or industrial services and who consistently demonstrates a commitment to excellence, shows growth and profitability, acts as a role model for other industrial businesses and has an active role in the industrial sector.

Businessperson of the Year:

• A Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce businessperson who has demonstrated innovation, vision and business growth. This person will be active in the community and in the development in Ponoka and district.

Agricultural Business of the Year:

• Presented to an agriculture business that consistently demonstrates a commitment to excellence, shows profitability, acts as a role model for other agricultural businesses and has an active role in the agricultural sector.

Customer Service Person of the Year:

• Presented to an individual who consistently provides outstanding customer service. Demonstrating responsiveness, efficiency, professionalism, innovation and conflict resolution. This award will be determined by a public vote. Any employee of a chamber member is eligible.

Non-profit Business of the Year:

• A non-profit registered society that is actively involved and has demonstrated effects to better the Ponoka and district community.