The William Glesby Centre was packed as Portagers celebrated shopping local.

Some of the best businesses and organizations were showcased on November 16th. The nominees and winners were:

*Bold indicates winner

Outstanding Business of the Year

Christianson TDS
Fehr Automotive
Styled with Meraki

Outstanding Not-for-Profit Organization

Career Services
Family Resource Centre
Portage Learning and Literacy Centre

Outstanding New Entrepreneur

Colin Doyle/Revive First Aid
Janna Braaksma/3's Company
Sahil Sawartha/ PortageRx

Outstanding Contribution to the Community

McMunn & Yates
Smith Hauling & Yard Services

Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Newcomer

Honeybee Catering
Ziva's Kitchen

Urban Indigenous Business of the Year

Anita Pulling Thread
Bannock Hut
Taylor Moving

Natasha Ralph, General Manager for McMunn & Yates Portage, says she was overwhelmed when her business was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award.

"It's so important to me and it's important to our company as well," explains Ralph when asked about the significance of getting out in the community. "Our president reiterates to all of us to support the community we serve in. That's what we intend to do and will continue to do."

She adds that contributions can come in many different forms, whether it's a donation to an organization or simply going above and beyond regarding customer service.

"Everybody (at McMunn & Yates) works hard to make sure that we make an impact, and this award is for all of them," notes Ralph. "They are fantastic individuals."

PortageOnline has reached out to the other winners for comment.

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