May 29, 2017
Nominations are Now Open for the 2017 Small Business Week Calgary Awards
CALGARY – As a way to help businesses in a challenging economic time and to celebrate the best of business in Calgary, the Chamber is pleased to announce that nominations for this year’s Small Business Week Calgary Awards are now open at www.SmallBusinessWeekCalgary.com.
“Small and medium enterprises have been quick to adapt to our changed economy; they are innovating, exploring new business lines and are doing good in the world. These are the strategies that are proving the most successful for business today,” says Adam Legge, President & CEO of the Calgary Chamber.
Despite a tough couple of years, Calgary remains the entrepreneurial capital of Canada, with the most entrepreneurial businesses per capita than anywhere else in the country.
“Small Business Week is a key opportunity for us to celebrate entrepreneurship and the incredible businesses in Calgary. Small and medium sized businesses are essential to driving our economy forward – the entrepreneurs behind them provide employment, innovation, and products and services that make Calgary a world class place to be, ” says Teresa Clouston, Executive Vice President, ATB Business & Agriculture. “ATB is proud to partner with the Calgary Chamber on Small Business Week to recognize businesses in Calgary through the awards program.”
“Calgary entrepreneurs are resilient, innovative and ambitious! We’ve seen new companies start-up and existing businesses that have survived the worst of the most recent downturn are experiencing improved sales through innovation, finding new markets, diversifying their products and services and hard work. We are now seeing renewed business investment in equipment, technology and property,” says Michael Selci, Senior Vice President for the Prairies at BDC. “At BDC, we salute the very important contribution of entrepreneurs to the provincial economy and look forward to recognizing them during this year’s Small Business Week.”
“The Small Business Week Calgary Awards are the most extensive small business awards in the country,” says Legge. “I’m especially proud that wining these awards has often helped catapult businesses to tremendous growth in the past.”
Past winners of these awards have gone on to become pillars in our community. Some past winners include Fiasco Gelato, Calgary Elite Roofing, Vets 2 Go, Alberta Boot Company, Blaskin and Lane, Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, Spolumbo’s Fine Foods and Deli, Village Brewery, and many more.
There are nine award categories this year:
- ATB Small Business of the Year – Awarded to the small business that has demonstrated significant business achievement, and sustained financial growth and performance.
- BDC Emerging Growth – Awarded to an emerging small business that has demonstrated substantial growth potential in its first three years of operation.
- Breakout Business – Awarded to an established small business that has recently seen rapid business growth, and a dramatic rise in profitability.
- Innovation – Awarded to the small business that has shown groundbreaking achievements in bringing innovation to market.
- Customer Service Excellence – Awarded to the small business that is dedicated to continuously striving to exceed customer expectations, while delivering industry-leading standards of service with a creative and innovative customer experience.
- Community Impact – Awarded to the small business that has made making a difference in their community a core part of their business and culture.
- Environmental Stewardship – Awarded to the small business that is committed to environmental sustainability.
- BDC Indigenous Entrepreneurship – Awarded to the Indigenous-owned small business that has demonstrated excellence in business achievement and performance.
- People’s Choice – Voted on by Calgarians, and awarded to the company that has shown that their community thinks they go above and beyond.
Nominations for a Small Business Week Calgary Award can be made online until June 30, 2017 at www.SmallBusinessWeekCalgary.com.
About the Calgary Chamber
The Calgary Chamber exists to help make businesses more successful, and in doing so, make Calgary the best place in the country to live, work and grow a business. It’s a job we’ve been proud to do for 126 years. The Chamber’s focus is to help grow businesses and to improve the competitiveness of the business environment. To do this, the Chamber connects business, helps them grow through programs and new strategies, and expands their influence with policymakers.