It’s a night to celebrate small and local businesses in the Kenora area.

Members of the Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce will be gathering under the White Cap Pavilion tonight to host their annual Business Awards ceremony.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard, who will be presenting one of tonight’s awards.

“Because of COVID, things have changed. They had a tremendous banquet last year. The Q104 team was part of the entertainment and that will be missing, but the key is we’re celebrating.”

“So many people have been nominated. It bodes well for our community to see such a wide-range of entrepreneurs. There’s so many great businesses that are providing services in the area. We’re very fortunate to have such a robust community.”

The ceremony will be emceed by Q Morning Show host Ken O’Neil. Safety precautions and social distancing measures will be in effect, and only nominees have been invited to the event.

The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook, through Wolfe Sound & Music. The stream will begin at 5:30 p.m., and can be watched here!

This year’s nominees are:

Q104 – Dan McCann, staff
The Muse – Lori Nelson
Lake of the Woods Soap Company – Jackie Chalkley
Northern Sounds and Systems – Rees Snow
Little Oak Wellness – Cindyl Nabb
Lake of the Woods Brewing Company – Rob Dokuchie
The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy - Lorna Smith
Smoke & Fire - Grant & Angelica Haney and Jon Patrick
Sweet Lake of the Woods – Alexis Pernsky
Sunset Baits – Victoria Hall and Cody Charlebois
Sure Thing – Mort and Nate Goss
Hojoe Coffee and Eatery – Melanie and Melissa Reynard
Normand Appliance Repair – Josh Normand
Brick & Mortar – Reagan O’Dea
Smith Camps – Al and Joanne Smith
D & S Finishing Kenora – Doug Atchison
901 Westside Restaurant – Brenda Schussler
LOTW Sports Headquarters – Brian Gustafson
Woodlake Marine LTD – Tyeler Helsel
Sierra Construction – Jamie Minor
Willow Aesthetics – Erika Anderson
Quesada Burritos & Tacos – Lindsey Caron
Wolfe Sound & Music – Steven Wolfe
Lake Lids Apparel Co. – Lucas Brown
Pink Dahlia – Alicia Loucks
Buck n’ Doe – Shyy Kennedy
Three Lions Masonry – Sean O’Dea
Taylor Made Pet Products – Crystal and Doyle Friesen
Spirit Oak Tea – Breanna Doering & Alexander Evans
Shane’s Northern Tire – Shane & Jessica Scott
A & W – Randy Nickle
Buck n’ Doe – Shyy Kennedy
Car Star Kenora – Peter Scheibler
Print Gear Inc. – Kyle Chagnon
Sunset Strip Husky – Doug Rushfeldt
Kenora Honda – Brendan Morris and Melanie Burtnik
Pur-Plus Cleaners – Ronni Grosenik and Jan Barnar

BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT
This award honors a business who has recently taken steps to improve their company’s image in some way.

INNOVATIVE SMALL BUSINESS
This award recognizes a business who has introduced a ground breaking, original or environmental product or service that sets the company apart from others, or has demonstrated advanced or new use of technology or environmental responsibility.

NEW BUSINESS (UNDER 2 YEARS)
This award is presented to a company or individual who has been in business for less than two (2) years and demonstrates creativity in the spirit of business development.

TOURISM / HOSPITALITY
The recipient of this award would demonstrate their customer service, innovation and positive participation in our community encompassing quality business relations, economic development and business growth.

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE – STAFF UP TO 10 / CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE – STAFF OVER 10
These two awards will each recognize a local business, its management and staff, for successfully demonstrating quality customer service. They will each be an organization that is appreciated for its helpful and efficient service, dedicated to customer satisfaction and willing to go the extra mile.

ABORIGINAL BUSINESS
This award recognizes an outstanding Aboriginal business for their success, exemplifying business leadership and the delivery of high-quality products and services. The recipient must also demonstrate a strong, long-term commitment to the community, particularly in supporting Indigenous employment.

YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR
This award recognizes outstanding youth entrepreneurs (30 years of age and under).

ENTREPRENEUR / BUSINESS OWNER / MANAGER OF THE YEAR
An award will be presented to an outstanding business owner or manager, who in the last 12 months has developed their business to meet changing community and consumer demands. They will have provided a high level of business service, respectful treatment of employees as well as customers or clients and is actively involved in the community.

INCLUSIVE EMPLOYER EXCELLENCE
This award recognizes an inclusive employer who takes action to remove barriers and improve the working experience and engagement of employees with disabilities. They recognize the strengths and talents of individuals and enable employees with disabilities to reach their full potential. They value and respect the contribution of all employees, challenge disability inequality and foster an inclusive working environment.

For more information:
Nominees announced for Kenora’s Business Awards
All smiles at the 2019 KDCC Business Awards