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Mission Cal Crawford, president of the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce, with awards that will be presented to this year’s winners of the 2011 Business Excellence Awards, Friday, Oct. 21. Read on for a list of nominees.

The Business Excellence Awards annually recognizes the superiority and outstanding achievements of many of our local businesses. Those nominated excel at their core function and contribute signiÄcantly to the economic and social well-being of Mission. They are the trailblazers, innovators, risktakers and community supporters that exemplify the long-standing history and spirit of business leadership in Mission.

It is an honour for the District of Mission to recognize and congratulate all of the local businesses nominated for excellence in their award category. We are fortunate to have you in our community and we wish you all continued success.


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P resident ’s Message The Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring you the Business Excellence Awards on Friday, October 21. It is a wonderful night of celebrating those in our community who go above and beyond in providing a positive economic environment. It is our capstone event celebrating Small Business Month. Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors who continue to support this important recognition of business leaders and entrepreneurs who help drive our local economy. Thank you also to the many volunteer judges who offered their time to learn about the many nominees and grade their performance. And thank you to those that nominated these exceptional businesses throughout the year, taking the time to acknowledge those that go above and beyond. Without you, business in Mission would not continually strive to surpass your expectations. Congratulations to all the nominees! And I hope to see you there! Cal Crawford, PRESIDENT

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Awa rd s & N o m in ees The Mission 2011 Business Excellence Awards presented by Mission’s Economic Development Committee are being held on Friday, October 21, in the Ballroom of the Mission Best Western. Over the last year, members of the community have nominated the following businesses and business people as the innovators and leaders in Mission. Nominees are then judged by a panel of peers based on the criteria of each award.

And the nominees are... Business of the Year With More Than 15 Employees Presented by Mission’s Economic Development Select Committee This prestigious award is given to the organization that best exhibits excellence in business. The business will have a strong history in the community, continued growth and innovative strategies, as well as market leadership in its sector. Criteria will include strategy, future growth plans, employee relations and local community involvement and contributions.

Fraser Valley Building Supplies Family owned and operated since 1991, Fraser Valley Building Supplies has enjoyed being part of the growth of Mission.

Canadian Tire Vicki and her staff are always on hand to help a customer look for a product or order an item they are looking for. Friendly, smiling faces is what you see when you enter the door.

Royal Bank RBC has played a major role in the economy and growth of Mission over the past 56 years. They have been Ärmly committed to maintaining a presence in the downtown business district which has helped to sustain the area’s viability.

Cedarbrooke Chateau Since opening in 2008, Cedarbrooke has advertised the beneÄts of living in Mission to seniors throughout the Lower Mainland. Residents agree the services and programs offered are exceptional and staff is always friendly and helpful.

Prospera Credit Union Contributing Änancially and personally every year to the community by participating with several local charities and community groups makes Prospera Credit Union and their staff stand above.

Mission Springs Brewing Company Looking to inspire others to meet their potential, the Mission Springs Brewing Company always brings their best game. Whether winning accolades for their microbrews or sponsoring large events that draw from other communities, they have brought awareness to the District of Mission and all that it offers.

J. Bond and Sons Ltd. With a diverse geographic base of customers that reach east to Manitoba and as far south as New Mexico, plus their infrastructure of suppliers in Canada and the U.S. and Europe, JBS has introduced Mission to a large segment of the business community both domestic and International.

Business of the Year With Less Than 15 Employees Presented by Mission’s Economic Development Select Committee This prestigious award is given to the organization that best exhibits excellence in small business. The business will have contributed to the growth of the community through their products, services, and customer service. Nominations will be judged on the total beneÄt brought to the community through this business.

Kesteven Dental Care Studio This business has been an active member in Mission for 25 years. Providing “Vancouver-style” prestigious high-end dental care to people from the Fraser Valley to points south; Kesteven Dental puts Mission on the map with their specialized treatments.

Woodlawn Funeral Home Having the great responsibility to walk families through grieving, Woodlawn staff are

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workmanship, professional mannerism and exemplary customer service to the business and community. dedicated professionals that recognize the privilege that they have in working with so many in the community.

Mission Automotive A leading automotive shop in town offering state-ofthe-art technology, and eco-friendly products and services. Working with highly skilled staff, Mani and his crew are able to provide you with efÄcient and quality services.

Sue’s Copy Place Sue’s copy place was founded on leadership. It has become more than a business, it’s a staple in the community. Carefully balancing proÄt with customers.

Blackberry Kitchen Kerry & Laurel Martin provide a warm, safe, welcoming environment for all who visit both the restaurant and Fraser River Heritage Park. Smiling faces and great conversation can be found at Blackberry Kitchen by their many guests that come from all over to enjoy a fresh homemade soup and made-to-order sandwich.

World Odyssey Travel A successful travel business in the community of Mission for 18 years, World Odyssey Travel has developed many relationships with their clients providing travel needs for many businesses and their families.

Business Leader of the Year Presented by Eva Poulson & TD Canada Trust, this award recognizes and honours the individual business person that has been a leader in moving the District of Mission forward and has been responsible for improvements to the community. Selection criteria include demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, quality

affected. Criteria include collaboration with other community organizations and strategies to implement creative solutions to community challenges. Annual

Vicki Gould, Canadian Tire

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Owner of Canadian Tire Mission for 10 years, Vicki encourages employees achieve their potential while supporting the community.

Fraser Valley Humane Society Providing residents of Mission the security in knowing that there is a local, friendly and compassionate animal welfare organization in their community.

Calvin Crawford, Landmark realty A Mission resident for over 20 years, Cal is a strong believer in contributing to the community. Awarded several honours in his industry, he is a recognized mentor and innovator.

Mission Hospice Society Supporting grieving families and those who have loved ones in the Christine Morrison Hospice, over 100 volunteers are dedicated to its work.

Sean Melia, Prospera Credit Union Not limiting his service to providing Änancial solutions to the residents and business of Mission, Sean is an active contributor to many community organizations.

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Carlo Billinger, Rex Cox Men’s Wear A Mission resident for 55 years and business owner for 32, Carlo is a long-time Mission advocate and leader in the business community.

Rhett Nicholson, Sue’s Copy Place Member of the Optimist Club, Downtown Business Association, and most notably a co-owner of Sue’s Copy place, Rhett stays active in the community of Mission. People can count on Rhett to always give 120 per cent with energy and innovation.

Carol & Lloyd Davies, Davies Sand & Gravel In operation for over 50 years, the Davies employs 22 local residents who recognize that the local community is at the top of their priority list.

Non-ProÄt Association of the Year Presented by Cedarbrooke Chateau This award recognizes the organization making a signiÄcant difference in our local community in terms of fundraising and the number of local people

Business services such as counselling, business plan development, entrepreneur training and small business Änancing are just part of the beneÄts Community Futures North Fraser brings to Mission.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Abbotsford/ Mission/Maple Ridge Big Brothers Big Sister Abbotsford, Mission, Maple Ridge has been creating friendships since 1969. They provide caring, volunteer mentors to Mission’s children and youth through their community-based and schoolbased programming.

St. Joseph’s Food Bank Run solely by volunteers and donations, St. Joseph’s Food Bank recognizes its value from the many thanks it receives from those it has helped.

Mission City Famers Market Enhancing the health and economic well-being of residents of Mission and the surrounding area by providing regular access to high-quality, locally produced food; horticulture products and arts and crafts is their key mandate.

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Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley With programs that contribute signiÄcantly to the overall safety of women and children, the Women’s Resource Society provides emergency shelter, housing, information, emotional support all while connecting clients to community supports and services of all kinds.

Rotary Club of Mission Midday Active in the community for 10 years, Mission’s Midday Rotary has affected numerous individuals and community grouped in Mission.

Customer Experience Awards Presented by BC Hydro Celebrating the best in customer service, customer retention, and customer relationship management. The award will go to the company that can demonstrate that it is truly “customer-focused.”

Mission Safeway Safeway believes their customers deserve the best service their employees can deliver. Not only does it make shopping an enjoyable experience, but it encourages all staff interact with the community.

Sue’s Copy Place Customer service is their Mission. Sue’s Copy Place strives to ensure their customers are fully satisÄed.

Embers BBQ House Their customers are at the heart of everything they do at Embers BBQ House. Embers has an excellent reputation and loyal customer base due in large part to the consistent customer experience they provide.

Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse and Bar Customers are their business, from the moment they walk in the door, the crew at Mr. Mike’s strives to excel in all aspects of their service. From hosts to servers, dishwashers to cooks, staff believes that they make an exceptional experience.

Kesteven Dental Care Studio Cam Kesteven had a vision to excel in customer service and hired Laurie, a Four Seasons Hotel Concierge as Director of Client Services. As a team they all prioritize their clients’ experience with individual care.

Swing Optical Maintaining a close eye on every order and connecting with each customer is an important part of their business model. Honest advice with a happy face keeps customers coming back.

Mission Springs Brewing Company With a mandate of “whenever we can whatever we can,” Mission Springs staff live up to their motto. Whether pub side, at the restaurant or during one of their many events, to the Springs, building customer loyalty is their goal.

Mission Barber Building relationships by even just a visit to say hi, the Mission Barber is the place where many go to experience the old barber shop environment.

Connect Hearing In the hearing health industry for over 30 years, “They will meet their customers hearing needs by providing superior products, services and value with care and integrity.”

Murdoch’s Book Shoppe Dealing primarily in used, rare and out of print materials, Murdoch’s Book Shoppe is more conscious than ever of the pre-eminent position of customer service in their overall planning and strategy.

Home-Based Business of the Year Presented by Ann Harper, CA Recognizing a home based business that has contributed to Mission community and shows achievement in new or innovated products or services.

Magnolia’s on Main

A-Plus Network Solutions

Fresh Åowers with a brimming smile, owner Tami Klassen excels at making sure customers have the right Åowers for any occasion.

Over the past 10 years A-Plus has thrived as a successful home-based business providing IT support to many businesses and local organizations.

Fraser Valley Building Supplies

Coast Eagle Consulting

Dedicated to ensuring the complete satisfaction of their customers and supporting the community at large.

Rewarded by being able to provide the best service for their clients, Ilona Klimczak and her team enjoy the symbiotic relationship they have networking with other home-based businesses.

Blackberry Kitchen (Kela Cuisine Inc.) Everything the Blackberry Kitchen does is customer driven to provide a dining experience to remember and one customers often to repeat.

Community Futures Development Corporation of North Fraser Creating a nurtured and trustworthy relationship with everyone who walks through the door, the staff at Community Futures goes above the call of duty to help individuals with their business plans and help organize what is needed to get their business started.

Clever Canadian Couponing The most satisfying aspect of owning a home-based business is the sense of accomplishment in meeting the goals owner Jamie Hayes has laid out for herself.

Mady Graphic Design Owning a home-based business has given Mady Pechler the freedom to operate in her home town on her own terms. Leveraging her volunteer time to build business relationships is a key strategy in building her business.

Congratulations to all the Nominees! Your loyalty & dedication supports community sustainability and makes an enormous difference in lives.

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Young Entrepreneurial Award Presented by Your Community Credit Unions Celebrating an entrepreneur under the age of 35. The nominees will be judged in their company’s success and growth potential, innovation, participation in new economic activities and community involvement.

Iron Lotus Yoga Balance, peace and Änancial security in life are just some of the beneÄts owner Laura Sigursdon has been able to capture by opening a home-based business, Iron Lotus Yoga.

Rhett Nicholson, Sue’s Copy Place Bringing cutting-edge technology and skills to the print shop business, Rhett has been quick to upgrade software so Sue’s Copy place stays on top of the game.

Vision 2000 Travel Owner Sheila Barry prides herself in giving each client a personal touch when planning and booking their memorable getaways.

Laura Sigurdson, Iron Lotus Yoga Trying to improve the world we live in by reducing our carbon footprint, Laura has built her studio using recycled and reused materials from the walls to the Åoors.

Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Presented by S. Sharpe Timber Ltd. Recognizing a business that shows achievement in some or all of the following: new or innovative product or service, or manufacturing technique, job creation, growth potential and market served.

Ilona Klimczak, Coast Eagle Consulting By taking her experience and knowledge from previous occupations, Ilona has been able to streamline these concepts to Ät a new vision which has evolved into Coast Eagle Consulting.

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Taneane Twele, Taneane Twele Photography

An open and welcoming door policy encourages folks to drop in and visit business owner and local barber Lisa Newton.

Specializing in family, maternity, baby, wedding as well as business photography, Taneane brings a level of professionalism and creativity to the photo shoot that her clients appreciate.

Blackberry Kitchen (Kela Cuisine Inc.) Kerry and Laurel Martin have created a fresh menu enjoyed by all at the blackberry kitchen.

Asvind Mani, Mission Automotive Mani is proud that he has taken his shop to the next level by integrating technology with auto repair. The only automotive shop in Mission to have 3D visual aligner software.

Coast Eagle Consulting Inc. Ilona Klimczak has developed “Occupational Health and Safety Manual in a Box.” A basic, cost-effective manual for small business to implement.

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