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."

Stephanie Dunn.Stephanie Dunn.

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

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

The Best Business Awards will take place on November 16th at the William Glesby Centre.

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