Wetaskiwin will be WOWED

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    The Wetaskiwin and District Chamber of Commerce is taking a step towards moving the annual Chamber Business Awards Gala up a notch. Judi Best, Executive Director, Wetaskiwin and District Chamber of Commerce announced the rebranded event as, Wetaskiwin ‘WOWED’– Wetaskiwin Full of Opportunity with a Wealth of Experience and Diversity.

    “Now is the time to think about the business that gave you exceptional service”, explains  Best, “because  your nominations are what select the businesses that take pride in making Wetaskiwin and the District a place to do business and provide excellent customer service”.  The October 14th deadline for nominating candidates is rapidly drawing near. Nomination forms can be obtained from the Chamber Office, Wetaskiwin Financial Institutions or online at www.wetaskiwinchamber.ca.  

    The business that “WOWED” you, the customer service that “WOWED” you, and the Employer  that “WOWED” you.  Together we can raise the bar and spread the word “Wetaskiwin Full of Opportunity with a Wealth of Experience and Diversity”

    The Chamber Business Awards were created to recognize local businesses that, “excel at their core function and contribute significantly to the economic and social well-being of the community. Other potential reasons to nominate a business include, but are not limited to; staff participating in local, regional, or national organizations in a volunteer capacity, significant local community involvement and support, exemplary customer service, growth, staff and facility development, awards, innovation, and positive media attention.”

    Best points out that, “The Business Awards are not a popularity contest, meaning the person with the most nominations does not constitute a winner. The most important part of the nomination form is ‘why are you nominating this business/individual?’  Your input in this section will go a long way in helping our judging committee determine the finalists and winners of each award from the nominations received. It is about quality over quantity.”

    There are 8 categories to choose from. There is still time to recognize and celebrate that ‘WOWED’ experience by submitting a nomination form.  . 

    There are 8 different awards that customers can nominate businesses for a level of customer service that ‘WOWED’ them:

• Wetaskiwin Community Spirit

• Small Business of the Year (1-5 employees)

• Medium Business of the Year (6-20 employees)

• Large Business of the Year (21+ employees)

• Non-Profit Organization of the Year

• Agricultural Business of the Year

• Employer of the Year

• Customer Service of the Year 

Nominations close October 14th

    If you have had a great experience with a business in town and want to nominate that business or the individual who helped you, please do so without delay. If you feel you have an employer who is second to none, nominate them and let us know why you feel this way. Show them how fabulous they are!  

    Other awards to be presented at the Wetaskiwin & District Chamber of  Commerce Wetaskiwin “WOWED” Business Awards Gala , will be the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) Connected for Growth Award,  the Rotary Integrity award and the Chamber President’s Award.

    The Wetaskiwin & District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala will be held at the Best Western Wayside Inn on October 23, 2013 during Small Business Week.  Tickets can be purchased at the Wetaskiwin & District Chamber of Commerce office for $40 per person. 

    Sponsored in part by ATB Financial, CIBC, the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), Royal Bank, Scotiabank, TD, Wetaskiwin Credit Union, together with the Wetaskiwin & District Chamber of Commerce work together to pay tribute and celebrate Small Business Week by  supporting the Business Awards Gala. 

Upcoming Chamber Events

    Chamber Business Luncheon.  September 30, 2013 at 11:45 pm at the Montgomery Golf & Country Club.  Guest speaker Alexis Nelson from the Edmonton Regional Tourism Group will be speaking on the successful  Recommended Business Experience Program.  This program allows you to become more market ready and provides the tools needed to take your business to the next level of success.  

    The City of Wetaskiwin has recently joined this organization and currently there are 8 businesses participating in this program.  Tickets can be purchased at our office for $20.00 (members) and  $25.00 (non-members) your RSVP is much appreciated

Municipal Election Forum on October 16, 2013 from 7 – 10 pm at the Memorial Arts Centre.  This is a great chance to hear each candidates’ platform.  There will be a question and answer period and it is here you will have opportunity to ask your questions.  If you are having difficulty in determining who you desire to have an elected position on city council, be sure not to miss the forum.

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