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Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce changes nomination and voting process for annual business awards

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Last year, Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer speaks at the start of the 18th annual SCBEX Spirit of Swift Current Awards presentation at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Oct. 14, 2016. Last year, Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer speaks at the start of the 18th annual SCBEX Spirit of Swift Current Awards presentation at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Oct. 14, 2016. File

The Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce made changes to the nomination and voting procedures for the 19th annual Swift Current Business Excellence (SCBEX) Spirit of Swift Current awards.


The intention of the revisions is to simplify the process and to have no repeat voting during the selection of the award winners.
“You could go online and vote, and the criticism that we did have in the past is that this is a popularity contest,” chamber CEO Karla Wiens said.
In contrast to previous years, there will be no opportunity this time to vote online for nominees in the different awards categories.
“So the nominations that are open right now is the public’s chance to indicate who they feel is the most deserving recipient of these awards,” she said. “The actual awards are going to be chosen by a selection committee, which is previous years’ winners and the board of the chamber.”
There is now an open call for nominations in the different award categories and people are encouraged to submit their nominations.
“We really need the public’s help in identifying really strong candidates, of which we have many in our community,” she said. “So we’re encouraging everyone to get your nominations in early or at least before the end of the month.”
There is no limit to the number of nominations for a single business or category. There are award categories for non-profit organizations, start-up/new business, small business, medium business, large business, and employer of person with disabilities. The chamber’s board of directors will select the SCBEX Hall of Fame inductee, 2016 member Business of the Year, and 2016 Citizen of the Year.
The chamber will compile a long list for each award’s category in early September. Thereafter the top five submissions in each category will be determined. A finalist selection committee, which will consist of last year’s winners from each SCBEX awards category, will then vote on the top three nominations in each category.
The shortlist nominees will be announced publicly at a Chamber on Tap networking event in late September. The finalists will be asked to provide a brief mission statement that provides relevant information in relation to their award category criteria.
The chamber’s board of directors will vote on the finalists in mid-October. They will consider the mission statements provided by each finalist as well as the preferential ranking in the voting process.
The SCBEX awards gala takes place Oct. 27 at the Living Sky Casino. This awards event was established in 1999 to recognize non-profit organizations and businesses in the community for their innovation and entrepreneurship.
“It’s one of our key signature events,” Wiens said. “I think it’s really important to celebrate our successes and celebrate the wonderful work, the volunteer and community spirit that we have going on in Swift Current, which makes it such a great place to live and do business.”
She believes the changes to the nomination and voting procedures will help to increase the prestige of these awards.
 “I sincerely hope so, because one of the aims of revamping our whole process is to make the awards more prestigious and more sought after by our local businesses,” she said.
For information about the awards and nominations, visit the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce website at www.swiftcurrent chamber.ca or send an e-mail to info@swiftcurrent chamber.ca.

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