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Over 200 come out to celebrate the 2014 Community and Business Awards

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The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce is privileged each year to organize and host the annual Community and Business Awards and this year's themed event "Denim and Diamonds" was record breaking in many ways... the most public nominations we've received to date and the biggest numbers through the doors, exceeding last years record by 50. Yes, over 200 businesspeople, family and friends turned out to cheer on the three finalists in each category.

And the Coveted Alpenman Trophy was awarded to: Business of the Year, sponsored by The Interior News, The Sausage Factory; Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Vandergaag and Bakker, Ali Howard, Nature's Pantry;  Citizen/Volunteer of the Year sponsored by RW Calderwood Realty, Tom Grasmeyer; Customer Service Excellence - Business, sponsored by Hudson Bay Lodge, Bulkley Valley Credit Union; Customer Service Excellence - Individual, sponsored by the Salvation Army, Mika and Nick Meyer of the Bugwood Bean;  Environmental Business of the Year,  sponsored by the Town of Smithers and Regional District of Bulkley Nechako, Dusk2Dawn;  Family-Friendly Business of the Year, sponsored by the Bulkley Valley Credit Union, McBike and Sport;  Home-Based of the Year, sponsored by Smithers Lumber Yard,  Fox Hole Bakery;  Major Contributor to Arts and Culture, sponsored by Scotiabank,  Bulkley Valley Museum & Smithers Art Gallery;  Public Service Excellence, sponsored by Aspen Inn & Suites, Tourism Smithers; Technology Innovation Award, sponsored by the Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association, Paranormal Skis; Tourism Excellence Award, sponsored by Tourism Smithers,  Brian Hall of Stork Nest Inn; Young Entrepreneur of the Year,  Dane  Drzimotta, Sitka Tree Service;  Town of Smithers Building Excellence Awards:  Residential Property, 4909 Highway 16  (New Single Family Home)  (Leland Clarke and Sheena Miller); CommercialIndustrial/Institutional Category: 1165 & 1167 Mainerz Streetwear/Back Alley Boots;  Mixed Use Category, New Industrial Building with a Residence on 19th Avenue;  Telkwa Business Leadership Award Taka Baeckerei/Kaffeehaus.

A complete list of nominations can be found, here and the evening's success is attributable to their generosity in silent and live auction items, along with some fun categories this year like the Dig for Diamonds, sponsored by Carter's Jewellers; Candy Buffet, sponsored by BV Wholesale; and the Fashion Dressing of Special Guests - MC Dustin Treaner was dressed for the occasion, in fashionable denim attire,  by Rayz Board Shop, as was the lovely partner of the Mayor,  Michelle Larstone; Mayor Bachrach and Pat Gallagher (husband of the Chamber manager) looked amazing in fabulous outfits supplied by Mainerz; the Chamber President, Colin Bateman, looked smashing (British-style) in fashions supplied by Mark's Work Wearhouse (now located in the newly renovated retail space in the Smithers Mall); Susan Bundock of the Chamber, looked beautiful in an outfit, and lots of  bling, supplied by Barb's Bodacious Boutique; and Tourism Smithers Gladys Atrill came adorned in amazing jewellery supplied by Heartstrings. The live auction was conducted by Charlie McClary and musical entertainment was provided by Sharon Carrington.

There were some amazing live auction items and the Chamber would like to acknowledge: Rayz Board Shop, Hudson Bay Mountain and Stonesthrow Guesthouse for the Ski Day; Skeena Cat Skiing, Suskwa Lodge, Rayz Board Sho and Glacier Toyota for the New Year's Eve Cat Skiing Package; Dawn 2 Dusk, Highland Helicopters Fly-In Ski Package. This package included a helicpter pickup and drop off at the destination of your choice, cabin or mountaintop, a purchaser's choice of skis ($900) or board ($700) from Dawn2Dusk, a packed lunch from 2-Sisters and ski passes to Hudson Bay Mountain; Central Mountain Air for two return flights and Hawkair for its renturn Flight for 2.

For a complete list of all nominees and the three category finalists please check out and for pictures of the award finalists look under the menu heading Chamber of Commerce for the drop-down photo gallery.

Thank You Category Sponsors of the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Community and Business Awards

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Thank you to our many business supporters whose category sponsorship is so valuable to the success of the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce's annual Community and Business Awards.Business of the Century, Scotiabank; Business of the Year, Hawkair Aviation;  Businessperson of the Year, Vandergaag & Bakker; Home-Based Business, Smithers Lumber Yard; Family-Friendly Business, Bulkley Valley Credit Union; Youth Entrepreneur, Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Project Comeback Initiative; Citizen/Volunteer of the Year, RW Calderwood Realty; Major Contributor to Arts & Culture, Scotiabank; Environmentally Friendly, Town of Smithers & RDBN; Public Service Excellence, Aspen Inn & Suites; Tourism Excellence, Oscar's Source for Adventure; Customer Service Individual, Salvation Army; Customer Service Business, Smithers Feed Store; Technology & Innovation, Northwest Science & Inoovation; Town of Smithers Residential Building Excellence, Town of Smithers; Commercial Building Excellence, Town of Smithers; Telkwa Business Leadership, Village of Telkwa.And thank you to our many contributors for the Live Auction, Silent Auction and Ticket Bucket Items: Acklands Grainger, All For Less Warehouse, All Seasons Automotive, All-West Glass, Alpenhorn Bistro, Alpine Plant World, Alpine Wiring, Aqua North Plumbing, AquabaticsAspen Inn & Suites, Azalea Garden Centre; Babine Animal Hospital, Bandstra Transportation, Barb’s Bodacious Boutique, BC Web, Big Smiles, Billabong Road Maintenance, Blue Fin Sushi Bar, Bulkley Valley Credit Union, Bulkley Valley Eye Care, Bulkley Valley Home Centre, Bulkley Valley Museum, Bulkley Valley Printers, Bulkley Valley Regional Pool, Bulkley Valley Wholesale, Canada Safeway, Canadian Freightways, Canadian Helicopters, Canadian Tire, Carters Jewelers, Central Mountain Air, CFNR Classic Rock, Chatters Pizzeria, Chicken Creek Coffee, CIBC, Cloud Nine Esthetics, Coast Mountain GM, C.O.B. Bike, Colin T. Bruintjes, Dairy Queen, Dawn 2 Dusk, Driftwood Diamond Drilling, Dynamic Cleaning Services, Ecklands Denture Clinic, Eddyline Café, Edward Jones Financial, Evergreen Industrial, Extra Foods, Extreme Signs & Stripes, Fitness Northwest, Four Dimensions Computer, Fourth Avenue Hair Design, Frontier Chrysler, Glacier Toyota, Harley Davidson, Harvey Mountain Adventures, Hawkair Aviation, Heartstrings Home Decor, Hetherington & Hooper, Hoskins Ford, Hudson Bay Lodge, Hudson Bay Mountain, Hy-Tech Drilling, Knowledge Network, La Petite Maison, Larkspur Floral Design, LB Paving, LiveSmart BC (Gary Rysavy), Louise’s Kitchen, Main Current Expeditions, Mainerz Streetwear, McBike & Sport, McDonald’s Restaurant, McElhanney Consulting, Nature’s Pantry, North Central Plumbing, Northern Sun Tours, Northwest Truck Rentals, Office of the Wet’suwet’en, Opus DaytonKnight, Outback Promotions, Oscar's Source for Adventure, Pacific Employee Benefits, Perry & Company, Pharmasave, Randy’s Image Design, Rayz Board Shop, Re/Max Bulkley Valley, Royal Bank, Schimmel’s, ScotiaBank, Seabridge Gold, Sears, Skeena Cat Skiing, Smithers Feed Store, Smithers Golf & Country Club, Smithers Home Hardware, Smithers Lumber Yard, Smithers Sausage Factory, Smokescreen Graphics, SpeeDee Interior Stationery, Spark Design, Steakhouse on Main, Stonesthrow Guesthouse, Summit Reforestation, Tales N Ales, U Brew, Tatlow Tire (Integra Tire), Tel-Ken Security, The Peak,Total Floors, Vandergaag & Bakker, Webflyz, Winterland Ski & Sport, Wooden Mallard .
Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 11:08

Over 160 People out for the Community and Business Awards

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Businesspeople, their families, friends, associates, elected officials, sponsors and award finalists came out to the 2012 Annual Community and Business Awards hosted at Hy-Tech Drilling on Saturday night (October 20). This annual event, organized and sponsored by the Smithers District Chamber of Commece, is an opportunity to showcase businesses that are nominated by the public in 12 categories, shortlisted by a six-member selection committee, and voted on by Chamber members to determine the Category Finalist. The audience was honoured by the attendance of the MLA for Stikine, Doug Donaldson, as he talked about the importance of small businesses in BC and the contribution Small Business makes to local and provincial economies. Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach congratulated the finalists and small business in general. As well he showed his great sportsmanship by promoting Smithers tourism marketing character "Alpine Alice" by donning costume and dancing the "Lederhosen Jig" to raise funds for the new Bursary/scholarship that the Chamber is developing for a local student pursuing post-secondary business education/training. The people in the room contributed over $700 to see the mayor dance and many even jumped in to do the Lederhosen polka with him. Thank you to the mayor for helping in this endeavour and to the Band, Boys in the Bush, and String Licorice, for having fun with the background music. Telkwa Mayor Carman Graf highlighted business activity in Telkwa. People in attendance also enjoyed the amazing array of food provided by the Grendel Group; Seasons in the Valley; the Blue Fin Sushi Bar and Sawyer's Cupcakes. The Chamber also would like to thank the many businesses in the area that contribute to the silent and live auctions, which revenues help defray the costs of the evening and provide a bit of extra revenue for Chamber activites that are non-revenue generating during the year. Our sponsors are incredibly generous and the silent auction winners and live auction winners were thrilled with their prizes. Live Auction Sponsors were: Hawkair; Central Mountain Air; Ski Experience Weekend (Rayz Board Shop, Hudson Bay Mountain, Glacier Toyota); Snowmobile Weekend Experience (Harvey Mountain Adventures and Stonesthrow Guesthouse); Dawn2Dusk Pamper Package and Shopping Spree (Dawn2Dusk, Cloud Nine Esthetics, Seasons in the Valley); Sweetheart Package (Skeena Cat Skiing, Suskwa Lodge, Rayz Board Shop and Glacier Toyota); Half Day Boat Rental (Rayz Board Shop).

Thanks to our MC Mark Edwards, whose humour and expertise added to the guests' enjoyment of the evening and to the drumroll of Mark Allen as the finalist envelope was being torn open (..."and the finalist is"...) The BV Kinsemn minded the bar; Larkspur Flowers and Gifts provided amazing floral arrangements and La Petite Maison added to the ambience by providing gorgeous lanterns for the decor. The whole ambiance was "industrial chic" in Hy-Tech's state -of-the-art new shop facility. Thanks to all the Chamber directors who helped with the set-up and tear-down as well as the sponsor contact and thanks to Harvey and Corry Tremblay for the providing the venue and to Beryl McLellan of Hy-Tech, who helped so much. If, as one of the three finalists in each category, you would like a copy of the evening's slideshow which featured the finalists please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

And now.. the finalists are...Interior News Business of the Year, Hy-Tech Drilling; Vandergaag & Bakker's Business Person of the Year, Mike Henfrey, BV Insurance Services; Oscar's Source for Sports' Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Amy Brandstetter of Sedaz Lingerie; Northwest Science and Innovation's Technology/Innovation Award: Net-Zero Structures (Mike Sawyer); Tourism Smithers' Tourism Excellence Awards, Oscar's Source for Adventure; Aspen Inn & Suites Public Service Excellence, the Salvation Army; Smithers Lumber Yard's Home Based Business, Meg Hobson of Rustica Bakery; Bulkley Valley Credit Union's Family Friendly Business, Heavenly Grinds and Little Treasures Cafe; Town of Smithers and the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako's Environmentally-Friendly Business of the Year, Summit Reforestation; Salvation Army's Customer Service Excellence for Individual, Jason Krauskopf of Rayz Board Shop; Hudson Bay Lodge's Customer Service Excellence Award for a Business, Heartstrings Home Decor; Citizen/Volunteer of the Year, Sean Mitchell; Village of Telkwa's Business Leadership Award, Leroy Dekens of Midway Service; Town of Smithers Building Excellence Awards (Residential) Jane Hetherington and Bill Stephens; (Commercial) The Bugwood Bean on Main and (Industrial) Hy-Tech Drilling on Tatlow.

Guests and Award Recipients seem to enjoy our taking the Awards Evening out into the Business Community with a different host each year, so if you have a facility that you feel would accommodate around 160 people along with room for silent auction items, and would like to transform your space, for one evening, into a Gala Hall (we provide the decor and labour) please give Heather or Susan a call to arrange for next year (250-847-5072). The businesses that have hosted are Glacier Toyota in 2008; Smithers Lumber Yard in 2009; the Aspen in 2010; Coast Mountain in 2011; and Hy-Tech Drilling in 2012. All said that showcasing their facilities to a vast array of local business people, and the promotional coverage, was excellent exposure. In 2013 it's Smithers Centennial and a wonderful year to promote 100 years of Business.

To view pictures of the evening click here

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:21

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