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Friday, May 6, 2011

Business Excellence Awards

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Saugeen Shores Chamber hands out eight Business Excellence Awards.

It was a night of winners at the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

The awards are handed out every other year as part of the Chamber's annual general meeting.

In all there were winners in eight categories.

Business of the Year goes to the Colonial Motel & Antiques.

Co-owner Bill Henderson says he's humbled by the award but pleased that his business was chosen.

The Rookie Business of the Year goes to Babes With Brooms -- a house cleaning service created by Stephanie Gillespie and Carrie Saward.

Gillespie says both are out-going and personable but hard working when it comes to cleaning homes.

The rookie award goes to a new business over the past two years that shows growth, sales and leadership in the community.

WalMart in Port Elgin was the winner of the Special Merit Award.

The award goes to a business that has had a special or unique impact on the community.

Manager Leandra Murphy says WalMart comes from a big organization but it likes to be part of the small community with customer service provided by their associates.

The Rotary Clubs of Port Elgin and Southampton were the recipients of the Quality of Life award.

Port Elgin President Mark Kraemer, speaking on behalf of Southampton President Michael LaBlance says it's really nice to be recognized by your peers especially when you are recognized for doing something the service clubs love to do--serve the community.

Marcel and Debbie Legault, owners of Legaults Independent Grocer walked away with the Community Service Award.

Marcel Legault says his wife is heavily involved in many organizations including a co-president of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary while he has recently become a councillor for the town.

He says it's nice to give back to a community that has supported them for the past seven years.

Ken Beitz, co-owner of South-Port Next Energy Geothermal accepted the Environmental Award.

He says they've been installing geothermals for six years and the support of the community has been amazing.

Beitz says the award means a lot to him and his staff.

The Young Entrepreneur Award went to Michelle Casolino of Belle Terra Landscape Design and Property Management.

Unfortunately Casolino had a case of laryngitis but wanted to thank the Chamber and everyone who voted for her in this category which is presented to a person under the age of 30 who owns or manages a successful business.


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