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Abbotsford News Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Celebrating

EXCELLENCE Bringing together organizations & individuals who are committed to excellence in our community.

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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

Celebrating Nominees

TD congratulates all the nominees of the 2011 Business Excellence Awards and wishes them well. TD in Abbotsford dedicated to helping you achieve your Business and Agriculture goals.

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Congratulations to the nominees of the Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards

Celebrating the honour The high calibre of the nominees makes it a formidable task for our judges to select a recipient in each category. In fact, all nominees should be equally proud of their accomplishments and feel truly honoured, as being distinguished by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of recognition.

In every community there are individuals, businesses and organizations whose effort and achievement go far beyond the ordinary. It may be a new enterprise just starting to make its mark, an industry leader that stands out from his or her peers or a well established business that continues to reflect strong, innovative management. The Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards is our business community’s annual recognition of those successes. It is an opportunity to identify and celebrate the characteristics, knowledge and actions that make Abbotsford great.

On behalf of the Business Excellence Committee, I offer congratulations to all this year’s nominees for a job well done.

Allan Asaph, Chair Business Excellence Committee Executive Director, Abbotsford Chamber

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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE Great examples of quality businesses

Celebrating Nominees Thanks to Relevention and Macadams Law Firm for their Platinum sponsorship

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The Business Excellence Awards recognize outstanding organizations and individuals in Abbotsford that strive for excellence in our community. This year, we will give eleven awards to exceptional Abbotsford-based businesses and entrepreneurs. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 / 5:30 - 9:30 pm / Tradex

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I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our 2011 Business Excellence nominees. Our nominees are a great example of the quality of businesses we have in Abbotsford. They demonstrate the innovation and creativity that exists throughout our city’s business community and make me proud to be doing business in Abbotsford. Thank you to everyone who took

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time to nominate a business this year to recognize those employees, entrepreneurs, and organizations that have made a lasting impression on you. I’m sure your positive feedback was greatly appreciated by the nominee. I’d also like to extend a very special thank you to the 33 judges who volunteered their time to interview all of the nominees in a category. With so many great nominees to choose

from, I know many of you had a very difficult time selecting a recipient and I appreciate the significance you put on your decision. Thank you to our partners at the Abbotsford News, the Business Excellence committee, all of our sponsors, and to the nominees for making Abbotsford a great place to do business. The Business Excellence Awards

brings our community together to celebrate the accomplishments of organizations across all industries in our city. I hope you are able to join us at the awards dinner on November 23rd, where we will honour 82 exceptional businesses in 11 different categories. Sincerely, Patrick Giesbrecht, President Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce

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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

Celebrating Nomine Outstanding reviews for a guy who talks to dolls Ventriloquist Michael Harrison has made a successful career talking to dolls, and he’s quite willing to acknowledge that. “People ask me all the time why I became a ventriloquist. Simple answer, “I have no friends.” Regardless, for someone with no friends, he certainly has no lack of success. He has worked with the likes of Boyz II Men, The Muppets, and recently performed alongside multi-platinum recording artist, Kelly Clarkson. Michael’s talents have allowed him to perform all over the world as an entertainer. His venues have ranged from New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and numerous cruise ships including the Disney Cruise Line as a headline act. He will now be bringing that act to Abbotsford. “Wait, that can’t be right!” jokes Harrison, “someone get my agent on the phone!” He recently appeared on the popular television show “America’s Got Talent,” where celebrity judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon

Osborne and Piers Morgan gave him outstanding reviews. The NBC show auditioned more than 25,000 acts and averaged 12 million weekly viewers. Harrison was the only ventriloquist chosen to compete in the semi-finalists for the $1 million prize and an opportunity to showcase his act in Las Vegas. Michael Harrison will perform at this year’s 16th annual Business Excellence Awards on Nov. 23. He says his comedy show is “one of a kind,” and consists of an array of characters and audience participation. Similar to many of the guests attending the event, Michael pursued his passion and is now making a difference in the industry. “Performing for this event is an honour,” said Harrison, “but that doesn’t mean I want them to take me seriously! This night is about big laughs, just as much as it is about big successes.”

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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

Celebrating Nominees

The annual Christmas Show hosted by Tradex in 2010.

Positive impact of Tradex In 20 years of operation, Tradex has hosted more than 1,000 events, and over ďŹ ve million guests. The 11,000 square-meter facility is considered to be the most successful small market venue in Western Canada. Their outstanding commitment to the community earned them the Established Business of the Year Award (over 20 employees) in 2010. The multi-use event space hosts approximately 90 events annually, including the West Coast Women’s “We work closely with our clients to ensure their event runs smoothly,â€? said Vali Marling, director of operations at Tradex. “We try to go above and beyond service standards, resulting in loyal, long-term clients.â€? Winning the award was very exciting for Marling and the Tradex team,

who “have worked very hard to ďŹ ll the building with events and compete with larger Vancouver venues.â€? Recognition was gratifying for facility staff, who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. Tradex employs more than 225 event and administrative staff, and plans to keep a steady pace in 2012. They already have approximately 70 events on the schedule and are “working on expansion of the building,â€? explained Marling. This includes an on-site hotel and additional parking as well as improving the facilities environmental footprint. “We are continually working on protecting the environment and currently recycle 80 per cent of the event waste and almost 100 per cent of the food and beverage waste.â€?

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Lepp Farm Market located on the AbbotsfordMission Highway.

2010’s Best New Business When it comes to farming and providing fresh produce Abbotsford, Charlotte Lepp of Lepp Farm Market considers it, simply, to be a “labour of love.â€? Husband and wife, Rob and Charlotte, grew up on farms in Abbotsford, and appreciate the value of locally grown produce. “The dream to open a year-round fruit and veggie market began about 10 years ago,â€? says Charlotte. “One day we ďŹ nally decided to go for it!â€? The 1,300-square-metre market opened in 2009, on their farm at the junction of Clayburn Road and the Abbotsford-Mission Highway. Charlotte says the vision was to “combine the best of who Rob and I are as people:

lovers of quality food, and ambitious farmers, both with a passion for agriculture.� The community took a liking to the business and in 2010, and after just one year of operation, Lepp Farm Market won the award for Best New Business of the Year. “It was a truly humbling experience,� recalled Lepp of the win, “because it meant people were grasping the concept of our organic mindset.� The market sells a wide variety of locally grown fruits and veggies, and also features an on-site deli and bakery. They currently employ 41 full and parttime staff of whom Charlotte considers to be “one big hard-working family.�

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Celebrating Nominees Bill Vanderkooi, of Nutriva Group, focuses on healthy food products.

Considered a leader With a four-part corporate code of “open and honest, win win, owning the problem, making a difference,” it is no wonder Nutriva Group has become a proven leader in the community of Abbotsford. Their innovative approach to healthy products won them the Agriculture and Agri-Business Excellence Award in 2010. As an insulin-dependent diabetic, Bill Vanderkooi made it his personal mission to introduce food products that embody natural nutrition. “More foods these days have negative health implications such as cancer, diabetes and heart failure due to obesity,” says Vanderkooi, “and I want our business to help change that.” Being considered a leader in the agricultural industry in Abbotsford

gives the Nutriva Group a “huge sense of responsibility,” remarks Vanderkooi. “We were truly honoured to win the award, as it validates our hard work and makes it all worth the effort.” The Nutriva Group offers a wide range of services such as trucking and specialty ingredient distribution. However, Vanderkooi says they are now “focusing on the fine-tuning of their food operations.” They hope to launch a Vitamin D enhanced egg in January 2012. The egg will be the first in Canada to contain 50% of the recommended daily vitamin intake. “We have seen significant growth in the company, and hope to take our new products to the international level,” says Vanderkooi. The future looks bright for Nutriva Group.

THANK YOU ABBOTSFORD

Brothers, Rick and Daryl, are proud recipients from 2010.

No signs of slowing down Business is booming for brothers Rick and Daryl Francoeur. Their vehicle customizing and collision service firm, 360 Fabrication Inc, is the largest custom one-stop shop in Western Canada, specializing in building concept cars for corporate companies, and overall vehicle restoration for the general public. Among their many successes, the firm was the recipient of the Service Industry Excellence Award in 2010 and coowner Rick Francoeur says that “since then we have doubled our output and are working with some of the largest companies around.” The brothers were shocked when they won the award because “competition included some very reputable companies,” remarked Francoeur.

“Overall it was a very proud moment for us. The award sits on a mantle in the office.” Last year was a highly successful year for 360 Fabrication. They moved to a facility at 31450 Peardonville Road, which is double the size of their previous location, and allows more focus on vehicle customization. They also reached an agreement with CARSTAR vehicle collision service that allows 360 to open nine more locations throughout B.C. Looking to the future, Rick Francoeur hopes to open an audio store in Chilliwack, and expand 360 to Calgary over the next couple of years. “The growth of the company is important,” said Francoeur, “and we really see no sign of slowing down.”

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HOME-BASED BUSINESS EXCELLENCE Sponsored by Click Media Works Beverly Linley, Independent Representative of Silpada Designs Clayburn Pet Hospital Crosspoint Communications K9H2O Vidtek Battery Canada

RETAILER EXCELLENCE Sponsored by Prospera Credit Union Mac & Mango Rick’s Appliance Centre Simply Perfect Flowers The Bay TimeMaster Jewellers Ltd. Whatcom Wine & Spirits

MANUFACTURING & PRODUCTION EXCELLENCE Sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada

CONSUMER SERVICES EXCELLENCE Sponsored by Sevenoaks Shopping Centre AutoMind Collision Abbotsford Booster Juice Brenda Evans, PREC (RE/MAX Little Oak Realty) European Day Spa & Salon Hunt Security Systems Inc. M&M Meat Shops - McMillan Road Massey's Automotive Sevenoaks Cleaners Shear Performance Barbershop The Goddess Movements Studios

BUSINESS SERVICES EXCELLENCE Sponsored by Firstbase Services Ltd. Baskets by Choice Bourquin Printers and Signs Ocean Stationery & Office Supplies PC Systemworks Relevention Marketing Inc. Smart Office Solutions Vin65

Abbotsford Children's Theatre Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association Big Brothers Big Sisters Canuck Place Cyrus Centre Fraser Valley Child Development Centre St. John Ambulance The Abbotsford Heat Foundation The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford The Salvation Army

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Tradex 4 Cats Arts Studio Bucket’s Fresh Flower Market Ladyfern LAunch Menswear Magnuson Ford Pacific Life Chiropractic Paper Nation Scharf’s Donairs The Egyptian Body Sugar Co.

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ERIC VANDERHAM YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Sponsored by The Three Rotary Clubs of Abbotsford

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ESTABLISHED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (20+ EMPLOYEES) Sponsored by The Abbotsford News Assante Wealth Management Blackwood Building Centre Ltd Phantom Screens PriceSmart Foods Ramada Plaza & Conference Centre RDM Lawyers Valley Countertop Industries Ltd. Vanderpol Food Group

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