After two years of virtual celebration, the 2022 Steinbach Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards will see a return to an in-person event on Tuesday, September 27th .
Executive Director Michelle Bezditny says it’s important to celebrate Steinbach businesses in this way, by recognizing their success and community involvement. “We’re absolutely thrilled to host, especially coming out of these past two years,” enthuses Bezditny. “We know Steinbach is a unique city with a diverse economy, and the Steinbach Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards acknowledge the significant role these businesses play in making our community incredible.”
Bezditny says over 40 nominations have rolled in over the past few months. When nominations close, an independent selection committee carefully evaluates the submissions, then selects recipients in each category: Business of the Year, Community Involvement, Future Leader, and Non-Profit Excellence.
“The only one selected by way of public vote is the Customer Service Award,” adds Bezditny. “We've heard that it is an absolute honour to be nominated, and when we reflect on the number of nominations, we know these businesses are doing an exceptional job within our community.”
The evening will begin with an opportunity to network, followed by a State of the City address from Mayor Earl Funk and a message from Chamber President Christine Beaumont.
“Then we will flow into the formal portion of the evening, celebrating business excellence and presenting awards in a number of categories.”
The Customer Service Award, sponsored by Niverville Credit Union, will be presented to a business recognized by the public for the outstanding quality and consistency of their customer service. Finalists in this category are Coffee Culture Café & Eatery, Denver’s Window Cleaning Services, and Smitty's Family Restaurant (Steinbach).
The Community Involvement Award, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank, recognizes a business or organization that has demonstrated leadership by making significant contributions to improve the well-being of the community and promotes community involvement as part of their corporate culture. Finalists in this category are Smitty’s Family Restaurant (Steinbach), Sobeys Steinbach, and the Steinbach Pistons.
The Future Leader Award, sponsored by GTP Accounting, recognizes an individual between the ages of 18 to 35 who demonstrates admirable leadership and vision within an organization or business. This person has significantly impacted their business or organization, driven positive change and/or innovation, and deserves recognition for their contributions to our community and/or their industry. Finalists in this category are Evan Schinkel from Superior Projects, Jamie Roy from the Steinbach Pistons, and Stefan Hodelmann from Avedo Inc.
The Non-Profit Excellence Award, sponsored by Schinkel Properties, recognizes a non-profit organization known for enhancing the social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being of our community and has been successful in achieving their vision and mandate as evidenced by the quality of their programs, services, and innovative practices. Finalists in this category are enVision Community Living, Safe Families Canada - Steinbach Chapter, and Steinbach Family Resource Centre.
The Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Steinbach Credit Union, is divided into three categories: small, medium, and large – determined by the number of employees. These awards recognize businesses that exemplify excellence in most, if not all, of the following areas: growth and stability, innovation, quality of product or service, human resource practices, and commitment to community and/or industry.
Small Business of the Year finalists are Old Church Bakery, Simply Boxed, and Stone City Coffee Roasters. Medium Business of the Year finalists are Main Bread & Butter, Steinbach Dental Clinic, Unger’s Feeds & Meats. And Large Business of the Year finalists are Barkman Concrete, Loewen Windows & Doors, and Silver Lining Care.
Bezditny expresses additional appreciation for event sponsors Loewen Windows & Doors, World Trade Centre - Winnipeg, GNM Fine Jewelers, and Let's Celebrate Rentals. “We're really excited and very much looking forward to having the opportunity to connect with these nominees, the finalists, and the recipients,” expresses Bezditny. “It is just an absolute honour to be hosting this event, celebrating business excellence in our community.”
The 2022 Steinbach Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards will be held in-person on September 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Friedensfeld Community Centre.