Last month I had the honour of photographing the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year awards. Truth be told, I’ve never attended the event until this year. And I must say, I was very impressed by not only the event itself, but by the amazing accomplishments achieved by businesses right here in our own community! Lethbridge- you ARE impressive.

This event wouldn’t be possible without all the many sponsors who helped in the celebration of the accomplishments of our local businesses & entrepreneurs. Those of us in business, know the challenges and struggles that occur for success to happen. And during those tough times throughout the year when we are at our lowest and challenges are at their height.. (don’t tell me you haven’t felt that because it happens to everyone!), things DO start to look up eventually if the work is put in. Those of you that keep at it…even during the hard, will see the other side of business. The wonderful, the good, the success and the passion that brought you to start it in the first place. The fire is re-lit and away you go and amazing things happen! Cheers to you all- business is not easy!

What an inspiring business community we have, and support given to fellow entrepreneurs to go further and reach goals that will elevate them to that next level. The chamber of commerce here in Lethbridge has set aside a night of celebration to those individuals and I applaud them for taking the time recognize these businesses. The event was full of lots of energy from those in attendance as well as those on stage. The laughter was contagious and I am definitely looking forward to next years event. If you haven’t had a chance to attend or want to know more about what the chamber is all about, then definitely get in contact. What a great boost for our local businesses.

Here are a few images to share from the night as well as a list of the many sponosors and awards given out to the local businesses here in Lethbridge. Congratulations to all the winners and their many accomplishments!

Jackie Standing (official photographer sponsor and local business supporter)

Award Winners & Sponsors

Business Ethics Award — Sponsored by: Better Business Bureau
•      TMH Business Coaching and Consulting
Business Leadership Award — Sponsored by: Select People Solutions & Teamwork Training Ltd.
•      Ashcroft Master Builder Ltd.
Business Legacy Award — Sponsored by: Omega Flooring
•      Stringam LLP
Environmental Stewardship Award — Sponsored by: Mint Smartwash
•      Great Excavations Inc.
Excellence in Customer Service Award — Sponsored by: GDI Integrated Facility Services
•      Shaw & Associates Chartered Accountants
Indigenous Engagement Award — Sponsored by: Lethbridge College
•      Treaty #7 Urban Indian Housing Authority
Innovation & Advancement Award — Sponsored by: University of Lethbridge Dhillon School of Business
•      Jedwin Media Inc.
Outstanding Employer Award — Sponsored by: LA Chefs Catering & Events
•      Public Image Co.
New Business of the Year — Sponsored by: Avail CPA
•      Chrome Salon + Spa
Top 40 Under Forty 2018-2019 Overall Winner — Sponsored by: BDO
•      Sydney Wakaruk
Spirit of Lethbridge Award — Sponsored by: Davidson & Williams LLP
•      MPP Photography
People’s Choice Award — Sponsored by: Allan Friesen/Silverberg Group
•      Bridge Bud Supply
Business of the Year Award — Sponsored by: BDC & Community Futures Lethbridge Region
•      Harvest Yoga Studio
 Wine & Centerpiece Sponsor: Pink Tie Events 
Candy Bar Scholarship Sponsor: Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan 
Photography Sponsor: StandOut Photography 
Program Sponsor: Gentlemen III Men’s Wear 
Venue Sponsor: LA Chefs 
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The event was held at the Lethbridge Coast Hotel and LA Chefs catered the event.
As always, the food was impressive and did not disappoint