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Thursday, 02 June 2011 11:33

Businesses recognized with SCBEX awards

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By John R. Statton — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 13th annual Swift Current Business Excellence (SCBEX) Awards Gala was held at the Sky Centre May 27.

The first award of the evening went to Crutch’s Plumbing and Heating Ltd., for New Business.

The family business beat out competitors Big Sky Cycles, WINMAR, and Evolve Developments Ltd.

The award recognized a new business operating in Swift Current for fewer than four years.

Kaitlin Kennedy took home the Young Entrepreneur award for her work with Urban Ground Coffee House, beating out Evolve, and Herbal Magic.

The most contested bracket was Customer Service with six businesses in contention.

Notable mentions went to Big Sky Cycles, Pick-A-Deli, Miso House, Collier’s DSM Laboratories, and Swift Shoe Repair and Leather Shoppe Ltd.

Leon Griffith accepted the award for Kal Tire.

Pinnacle Financial Services was the business with the most Growth and Expansion in 2010, up against Cowtown-Masterfeeds.

The award for Community Involvement was uncontested, and went to Cypress Motors Ltd.

After a second nomination, Cowtown-Masterfeeds took home the Southwest award, for operating and serving local and surrounding communities within the region.

The newest Swift Current Business Hall of Fame Inductee was Et cetera Et cetera, for performance, mentorship, and promotion of the city and district.

The SCBEX top prize for Business of the Year went to Swift Shoe Repair and Leather Shoppe Ltd. and was accepted by Darcy Faucher, whom had recently taken over the local business from his mother.

Public voting was held May 2-13 using the Swift Current Chamber of Commerce’s website.

All private sector businesses within Swift Current and district were eligible for SCBEX.

The judging process consisted of five independent and anonymous judges, with the results sealed until the event.

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