Chamber Honours Local Businesses at Annual Awards

2014 People's Choice Award winner  The Bleeding Carrot and owner, Jim Ansell

2014 People’s Choice Award winner The Bleeding Carrot and owner, Jim Ansell

‘It was a great event last night,’ says Bleeding Carrot owner Jim Ansell, who won the 2014 People’s Choice Award at the annual Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce Awards.

More than 300 people were in attendance at the Bayshore Community Centre on Thursday night.The event included a social dinner and entertainment, followed by 12 award presentations.

‘The food was amazing and the entertainment was terrific,’ says Ansell.

‘It sure is nice to be recognized,’ says Adam Taylor, owner of Wave Equipment LTD, who won the 2014 Business of the Year Award (1-25 Employees). ‘It gives the feeling you’re doing the right thing.’

‘We work hard and we try hard, and we’re going to keep trying.’ Owner of land use planning firm, Pioneer Planning Solutions, Clinton Stredwick attributes their winning the 2014 SOHO Award (Small Office Home Office ) to their ‘ability to communicate effectively with clients.

‘The Chamber’s Business Awards are a good way to recognize existing businesses,’ says Stredwick. ‘As well as other business that are just starting up, such as mine.’

Other winners of this year’s awards are:

Business of the Year Award 25+ Employee – Peninsula Ford Lincoln
Business of the Year Award 1-25 Employees – Wave Equipment LTD
SOHO Award (Small Office Home Office) – Pioneer Planning Solutions
New Business of the Year Award – Elsie’s Diner
Service Excellence Award – Flower Expressions
Skilled Trade Award – Benedict Electrical
Young Entrepreneur Award – Spencer Wareham with Kilannan Brewing Company
Community Service Award – Owen Sound Attack
Hospitality Award – Red Hot Catering
Environmental Stewardship Award – Balnar Golf Ltd. (Legacy Ridge/Stone Tree)
Community Not-For-Profit Award – Kiwanis Club
People’s Choice Award – The Bleeding Carrot

‘It’s very humbling to receive it,’ says Bleeding Carrot owner Ansell. ‘We work hard and we try hard, and we’re going to keep trying. It’s a never ending process.’



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