The Portage & District Chamber of Commerce wants you to help determine the Outstanding Business of the Year as part of their 2022 Business Awards.

The gala is scheduled for Thursday, November 24th, 2022 at the William Glesby Centre and will feature other awards such as Outstanding Not-for-Profit Organization, Outstanding New Entrepreneur of the Year, and Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Business.

Chamber Executive Director Cindy McDonald hopes you'll come forward with some great nominations. If you're not sure who to choose, she has a few ideas.

"I think they should be looking for any business that really stands out -- or non-profit in their minds -- that has gone above and beyond to either support the community, or gone above and beyond as far as customer service, anything like that," says McDonald. "I think that's what you should be looking for."

She says the whole point of the event is to show how grateful the community is for the business community.

"This is the one time of year that we do that and I think we really need to celebrate our business community because our businesses are outstanding in Portage la Prairie and District and I think that it's really, really important to recognize those businesses to say thank you," says McDonald. "They do it because they're passionate about their business, not because they want to be rewarded for it."

Any business in the Portage area is eligible for an award, as long as they fit the criteria. McDonald says you just have to fill out the nomination form to have your nomination accepted. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 7th.

Outstanding Business of the Year
2018 Cobalt Industries
2019 Pro Image Signs
2020 Prairie City Cinema
2021 Shea Fust Fitness

Outstanding Not-for-Profit
2016 Portage & District General Hospital Foundation
2017 ROK Central
2018 PAWS
2019 Community Foundation of Portage & District
2020 Portage Community Revitalization Corporation
2021 Portage Rotary Club

Outstanding New Entrepreneur
2018 Kennedy Guy of Kenny’s K9
2019 Nick Hourie of Nick’s Pro Clean
2020 Adrienne Hofer of Styled With Meraki
2021 Caitlyn Geircke of Pharmasave

Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Business
2016 Mil-Jeanne Flowers & Axcenz, Solomon’s and Schapansky’s.
2017 Portage Clinic
2018 KF Aero
2019 Simplot
2020 Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse Casual
2021 Southport