The Dryden District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards are tonight. Dryden businesses will be celebrating with the awards gala.

Chamber manager, Gwen Kurz explains why they are important for the community.

"It's the one time in the year that the business community gets together and says we're doing a good job here and that's worth celebrating," she said.

This year there are 12 categories including business celebrating youth, fresh new image and woman in business. Kurz talks about the work that goes into the gala.

"About two months in the making getting to this points. We accept nominations form the public. The the committee screens all the nominations then sends out voting kits to all the chamber members who vote through secret ballot. So, it's a surprise to everyone involved who is the recipient of the award," she said.

2015 Nominees:

Woman in Business:
- Stefanie Armstrong
- Carly Brown
- Elizabeth Gardner
- Pat Pearson
- Yvonne Pinette

Fresh New Image:
- George Solomon & Sons Machining & Manufacturing Ltd
- Kano Reid
- Luciano’s Italian Grill

Service to Healthcare
- Aqua Fit Programs - Dryden Recreation Complex
- Rita Burns
- Dingwall Ford Sales Ltd.
- Gould’s Brandsource
- Alyssa Larson
- Joyce MacRae
- Kelly Sobering

Business Celebrating Youth
- James Bazinet - The Lions Den
- Carly Brown
- Wayne & Kristine Grandmont

Environmental Stewardship
- Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op
- The Dryden Mission

Community Spirit
- Best Western Plus, Dryden Hotel &
- Conference Centre
- Caley Boyd - Dryden Minor Hockey Association
- Marc McNay - The Real Deal
- Ann Owens - Triple F Pet Supply

Customer Service Excellence
- Best Western Plus, Dryden Hotel & Conference Centre
- Tina Durance - RBC
- Autumn Emmerson - Kokom’s Bannock Shack
- John Iwanyk- Canada Safeway
- Dean Hadley - Canadian Tire
- Shilah Hadley - Shear Perfection
- Gayle Jackson - The TC
- Josh Jansen - Bell Store
- Riza Klassen - BMO
- Roxanne McGee - CKDR
- Sonia Pike - Bearskin Airlines
- Darryl Rollins - Timber Lanes Bowling Centre & Restaurant
- Margaret Saville - Best Western Plus, Dryden Hotel & Conference Centre
- Sharron Sweany - The Standard Insurance
- Paul Taylor - TLC Automotive

New Business Excellence
- Fabric Fusion
- Peterbilt Dryden
- Sew Many Things

Manager of the Year
- Brenda Hardy - Pharmasave
- Tyler Peacock - Bell Store
- Michael Readman - Best Western Plus,
- Dryden Hotel & Conference Centre

Young Business Leader
- Tyler Peacock
- Dr. Greg Springett
- Mike Sveinson
- Kasper Wabinski

Tourism Excellence
- Julian Kalka - Andy Meyers Lodge
- Kokom’s Bannock Shack
- Marc McNay - The Real Deal
- The Naked North Art Gallery & Gifts
- Nathan Whalen - Aaron Provincial Park

Business of the Year
- Best Western Plus, Dryden Hotel & Conference Centre
- Timbermax
- Wilson’s Business Solutions

For more information:
Chamber manager talks about upcoming business awards
Dryden business excellence awards nominations open