Bistro bags award

The 2013 Small Business & Community Awards - new sponsors, new awards, & a new way to select the winners based on the community voting.

Tom Lesher

Midway’s own Bored Room Bistro was honoured as one of the Boundary’s best at the Small Business and Community Awards event last week, taking home the award for Family Friendly Business.

The Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in conjuction with Community Futures Boundary put on the event on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Grand Forks Curling Rink.

More than 100 people jammed into the curling rink to celebrate the best small businesses the region has to offer, and, of course, to mingle and network.

There were also plenty of tasty appetizers crafted by Devon Butterfield and served by members of the Grand Forks Secondary School grad class.

“It went very well,” said James Wilson, executive director of the chamber. “We were very excited to see the best turnout we’ve had since we started. We were excited to see (local Boundary- Similkameen MLA) Linda Larson come and share a bit of what’s going on. It was also great to see a lot of new businesses that we haven’t seen before at the awards come out.”

The winner of business of the year was Morrissey Creek Building Supplies. Winner of the service excellence award for a business was Jogas Espresso Café, while Cyndi Zibin was selected for service excellence by an individual. The voting was done by the community by voting through Survey Monkey or mailing in a flyer.

“It was completely decided by the community this time,” said Wilson.

“We had an overwhelming response this year, the most we’ve ever had. So,

obviously, we’re on the right track.”

 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Morrissey Creek Building Supplies

Mikki Hamagami

Sponsored by CFB

FAMILY FRIENDLY BUSINESS

Bored Room Bistro

Sponsored by BCRCC & GFCU

INDIVIDUAL-SERVICE EXCELLENCE

Cyndi Zibin

Sponsored by

GRAND FORKS GAZETTE and

BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES

BUSINESS –

SERVICE EXCELLENCE

Jogas Espresso Café

Sponsored by BCRCC

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

Les Johnson

Sponsored by CFB

COMMUNITY IMPACT

Grand Forks Hospital Auxiliary

Thrift Shop

Sponsored by CFB

YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR

Maxwell Nicholson

Sponsored by

PHOENIX FOUNDATION

GREEN BUSINESS

Kettle Valley Waste Ltd.

Ron Liddle / Cynthia Howard

Sponsored by

BOUNDARY SENTINEL

RETAIL EXCELLENCE

Thistle Pot Gifts

Sponsored by BCRCC