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Chamber Community & Business Awards Honour businesses and individuals in 13 categories

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From the tribute to Leonard Cohen with 250 Awards Night guests singing Hallelujah in his honour, to the Minerals North Committee dispersing funds to 13 local clubs and organizations, the Chamber was honoured and privileged to recognize customer service excellence in 13 categories at Saturday's (Nov 12) Community and Business Awards. Below are the three finalists in each category with the award finalist, who received the most votes from the Chamber's 220 members, in parentesis. Business of the Year sponsored by the Interior News: BugwoodBean, North Central Heating (Chatters Food Inc.); Business Person of the Year sponsored by Vandergaag & Bakker: Dan Boissevain, LB Paving, Grant Harris, Interior News, (Ella and Jessica Butz, Mainerz); Citizen/Volunteer of the Year sponsored by RW Calderwood Realty: Gisela Varga, (Harry Kruisselbrink, Susie Hooper); Customer Service Excellence/Business sponsored by the Salvation Army: Chelsey Graf, Harley Davidson of Smithers, Debby Miessner, Frontier Farwest; (Mike Brinnen, Pharmasave Health Centre); Environmental Business of the Year sponsored by the Town of Smithers and RDBN": Lemieux Creek Ranch, Net Zero Structures, (North Central Plumbing and Heating); Family Friendly Business of the Year sponsored by Bulkley Valley Credit Union: Subway, Hudson Bay Mountain (Daddios Restaurant); Home Based Business of the Year sponsored by Smithers Lumber Yard: Gabriele's Mobile Hairdressing Service, Sweet & Savoury Culinary Creations, (Paranormal Skis); Major Contributor to Arts and Culture sponsored by Scotiabank: Creative Roots Performing Arts, Roxy Dystra of Orchestra North, (BV Arts Council); Public Service Excellence sponsored by Aspen Inn & Suites: Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre, Bulkley Valley Hospice Socieyt, (Bulkley Valley Foundation); Technology Innovation Award sponsored by the BV Economic Development Association: LM Forest Resource Solutions; Tiny Life Supply, (BV Energy Managers); Tourism Excellence Award sponsored by Tourism Smithers: Laura Hols Street Piano Project, (Hudson Bay Mountain Resort, Bulkley Adventures); Young Entrepreneur Award sponsored by Bulkley Valley Credit Union: Bradley Wellington, operator of Frozen North Ice Cream Parlour (created by the Smithers Chamber of Commerce); Town of Smithers Building Excellence Awards, Residential Recipient: Ptmarmagan Meadows Ray Collingwood at 3684 Princess; Commercial Recipient, Brent Weme renovation project for North Central Plumbing & Heating, 3352 Hwy 16; Mixed Use Award in Building: the Mainerz Building, 1165/67 Main Street; Telkwa Business Leadership Award sponsored b the Village of Telkwa: Barb's Trucking.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 November 2016 16:17

New Bridge over Kathlyn Creek in Smithers

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Work will soon be underway on a project to replace the Kathlyn Creed culvert with a bridge on Highway 16 near Smithers, annnounced Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Tood Stone. "Replacing hte culvert wiht a bridge will make a big difference for drivers using th is part of the highway, said Stone. "Highway 16 is a key corridor for the transportation of people and goods in Northern BC and these improvements will increase th esfety and capacity of this crossing and provide a more efficient route for commecials traffic in the region."  A contract for $1.49 million was awarded to Surespan Construction of North Van. The culvert will be replaced with a clear span bridge, improving hte fish habitat and fish passage on Kahlyn Creed. A two lane detour route will be insalled for the duration of construction. The total cost of the project is $3.2 million and completion is scheduled for next spring. The project is part of BC "On the Move", the BC governments 10 year plan for the improvement of the province's transporation network.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:53

Smithers-Telkwa Business Walk

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business walk
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:08

Empowering Young Entrepreneurs to ThriveNorth

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BG Canada share the belief that a mix of thriving local businesses and larger development projects is essential in building a stronger, more resilient local economy. With this common philosophy in mind, the two organizations created ThriveNorth, an exciting new initiative that grants young people in the Northwest region of British Columbia access to the resources, mentorship and financing necessary to launch and grow their own businesses.

As part of the ThriveNorth initiative, the ThriveNorth Business Challenge is an opportunity for people between the ages of 18-39 years old to win $10,000 to help jumpstart their own business.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Futurpreneur Canada to launch the first ever business competition for young people in Northern B.C.,” said BG Canada President, Madeline Whitaker. “The potential in the region is enormous and we’re determined to do everything we can to help people succeed.”

The Thrive North Business Challenge is currently accepting applications in three categories: Best New Business Idea; Best Business Expansion Opportunity; and Best Social Enterprise Idea.

Applicants that qualify as finalists will have the opportunity to strengthen their business skills, attend specialized training sessions, and receive personalized coaching to help them perfect their business pitch and prepare to present their idea to a panel of business experts.

“At Futurpreneur Canada, we know that with the right tools and support, what starts as a small idea can turn into a big success, and with ThriveNorth we’re bringing these resources to a community we haven’t reached previously. We can’t wait to see what Northern B.C. has to offer,” said Jill Earthy, British Columbia Regional Director, Futurpreneur Canada.

The application period for the ThriveNorth Business Challenge closes at 11:59 p.m. PST on February 6, 2015. Interested individuals can find more information on the competition and submit their application at

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. 



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