It's almost time to shine a light on some of the best businesses Portage and the surrounding area has to offer.
The nominees have been announced for the Portage la Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce's Best Business Awards. Executive director Stephanie Dunn says the number of potential nominees submitted by the community was staggering.
"Anybody can nominate any business, any nonprofit, any entrepreneur," explains Dunn. "Then we take all those nominations to a committee, they whittle it down, and select the top three finalists as well as the winner."
She adds that the committee had a tough time selecting the finalists as some of the categories had as many as eight nominees. Those in attendance can also expect something new this year.
"The new category is sponsored by the Portage Community Revitalization Corporation and the Portage Urban Indigenous Peoples Coalition. The category is Best Urban Indigenous Business of the Year," notes Dunn.
The awards and finalists are as follows:
Outstanding Business of the Year
Styled with Meraki
Outstanding Not-for-Profit Organization
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
Urban Indigenous Business of the Year
Anita Pulling Thread
The Best Business Awards will take place on November 16th at the William Glesby Centre.
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