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The best of Mission’s businesses gather Saturday night to honour those which have exceeded customers’ expectations and given back to the community. The black-tie Business Excellence Awards Gala takes place at Silverdale Hall on Saturday, June 8 where the top achievers will be recognized in six categories. “Award recipients represent the top executives, business leaders, thinkers and strategists in our community,” said Chamber President Sean Melia To learn more about each of the nominees, follow the Chamber Facebook page (Mission.Business.Network) or visit


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 significantly to the economic and social well-being of Mission. They are the trail-blazers, innovators, risk-takers 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 the local businesses nominated for excellence in their award categories. We are fortunate to have you in our community and we wish you all continued success.

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We are pleased to have a broad cross section of business and community groups represented in the six award categories. Special this year is a new award entitled the President’s Award. This will go to a dedicated supporter of the community and business in Mission who may not otherwise be recognized. I hope the community comes out to help celebrate the many great people behind the businesses and groups who generated economic benefit and opportunity for Mission and area. In Mission, we believe that strong partnerships produce better results, that together we’re stronger, smarter, more able to tackle difficult challenges and to pursue enticing opportunities.

Congratulations Nominees! The Mission Chamber congratulates all nominees striving for excellence. It is these leaders that develop & grow Mission! Take a moment to congratulate them when you use their services or drop by their store.


S. Sharpe Timber

Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce


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PRESIDENT’S AWARD Nominated by the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, the President’s Award will be given to a business or leader who exemplifies excellence and leadership in the business community. There are many businesses and business leaders that remain unsung heroes, championing the ongoing development of

Mission. This new award will be presented to one of those who best exemplify this role during the year. Recipients will not have received a previous award, not be nominated for any other award and not be a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber. Join us on Saturday, June 8, to learn who this year’s recipient is.

More than 50 nominees selected This year the Mission Chamber of Commerce has renewed the Business Excellence Awards as part of its 120th celebrations. With five new awards, the Awards celebrate the best and brightest businesses and organizations in Mission. Anyone was able to nominate a business or community

organization that they believed met the criteria of the award. More than 50 businesses and organizations were nominated for the awards, some in multiple categories. After online voting, and criteria evaluation, three top nominees were selected in all categories, save the

President’s Award. These top three were then visited by an exclusive panel of judges to better understand how they had achieved business excellence. Each nominees was then scored again on criteria related to the award with the results to be revealed Saturday at Silverdale Hall.

Thank you Mission for nominating us for

Thank you for nominating us for three awards.

Customer First

• Intrapreneurial Excellence • Local Focus • Customer First

It is always a pleasure serving you.

Jim Shaw

Mission Save On Foods has been an active part of this community for over 80 years and continues to sponsor many events & groups. Your continued support makes it possible to give back to our community.

On ve Sa n io iss M at ng pi op sh for u yo nk ha T STORE MANAGER

We’ve Built our Reputation on 40 Years of Quality Service.

33245 GLASGOW AVENUE, MISSION (Located next to commuter rail)



32555 London Avenue, Mission 604-826-9564


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>>> Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual

has been in the community for three years and has increased their sales by 15 – 20 per cent in the last year. They have achieved this through providing a warm welcome, friendly service, listening to guest’s suggestions; paired with the quality and freshness of their food. They believe that involvement in the local community enables them to give back and they support many local organizations. Mr. Mike’s latest initiative is fundraising cards. Present the card and 10 per cent of the meals proceeds are donated back to the respective organization at the end of the year.

>>> Mission City Business Centre

provides the local small business community with professional office solutions. For a monthly flat rate package built to suit individual requirements; a one man business can have reception, secretarial

An established business that continues to have a strong presence by developing or creating new business programs, platforms and opportunities while continuing to be a contributor to the local community.

services, and use of the board room in a professional office setting. Their original space filled within the first year showing the pent up demand for such an enterprise. This has allowed them to expand again and add a virtual office offering for home based business and become the Purolator retail agent in Mission. As a continued way of helping the community, non-profit groups are encouraged to use the board room at no cost.

>>> Mission Springs Brewing Co. is

not only a restaurant, pub and liquor store, they are also an award winning local brewery. With their aim to be at the center of great brewing and the beer culture in the Fraser Valley, they continue to set their sights further afield, just opening a craft pizza and beer restaurant in Seoul, Korea this year. In the last few months the Springs have added 300 per cent to their fermentation capacity, to fuel their growth and distribution. The team hope Mission share the pride at having a craft beer to call their own.

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Thank You Mission


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•Walk-ins Welcome• #4-33261 First Avenue, Mission 604-826-5777 Open: Tues - Fri 9 am - 5 pm Saturday 9 am - 3 pm No fancy frills. No stuffed shirt attitude. Just real people and great food. Everything you want in a steakhouse. Only casual.

Men Love Lisa’s Hair Cuts!


The Junction, 32555 London Ave., Mission BC 604-820-1145

Due to our great success we are now hiring!


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>>> Nutek Sign Creations is a client focused, creative gateway for businesses, organizations and individuals who wish to get noticed. The team work hard to be original every time, creating signature and unique designs. Nutek’s goal is for complete project success for their clients. Since purchasing the business in 2009 they have seen revenue growth of more than 300 per cent, upgraded most manufacturing equipment and added a full time employee. Marketing dollars are spent sponsoring and cooperating with community groups and acts of volunteerism, including recognition through Adopt-A-Block, “The Rise” mural by Youth Unlimited and the 2014 BC Winter Games Countdown Clock.

An emerging or existing innovative small business that has been operating for a minimum of two years and exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit and vision with new products, services or process

and love what they do. Cherry Lane fills a niche market for not only the Fraser Valley as clients travel from across BC. With sales having doubled and social media tripled in the last three years, they have been able to support many local fundraising efforts and donate their time with numerous workshops throughout the year.

>>> Iron Lotus Yoga is your very own realm of relaxation in an eco-friendly urban retreat, offering a variety of services from infrared hot yoga and rooftop yoga, to private meditation and paddle board rentals and resisted massage therapy. Designed to provide unique health and wellness services, while caring for the environment and keeping an intimate atmosphere where clients feel at home; clientele has increased >>> Cherry Lane Scrapbook by 45 per cent, sales by 55 per cent and Shoppe Inc. specializes in all things for scrapbooking, paper craft and card making. profit by 30 per cent in the last two years. Supporting the community is important, with They offer inspiring ideas and creative free classes offered periodically for those classes, paired with exceptional customer who can’t afford the prices and supporting service and a “home away from home” environment for clients. Leading by example, local charities, fundraisers and the food the team is encouraged to have fun at work bank.

At Prospera Credit Union, we strive to make a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of our members. We are honoured to be nominated for the 2013 Business Excellence Award in the Customer-First category. Our members are the heart and soul of Prospera and we are proud to serve them as the longest serving credit union in Mission. Congratulations and best of luck to all the nominees and finalists.

Mission Branch 101 - 32423 Lougheed Hwy 604.826.3644

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>>> Embers BBQ House is a

casual family friendly restaurant offering a range of BBQ meats, with the emphasis on homemade, natural, non-medicated, local produce. Their main objective along with food quality and service is to give back to the community that supports their business. Owners Rob and Madeline believe this is essential for their business and community to thrive and remain strong. They do this through a number of programs including Street Hope’s annual Christmas dinner, donations and the Kids Eat Free, as a means of supporting struggling parents. Recent accolades include coming fourth in the Top 10 Best BBQ category for 604 Pulse.

>>> Save On Foods is a BC owned

and operated grocery retail store that operate with unique service, leveraging trends, building value and local products; all supported by world class team members. For over 80 years they have played an integral part in the fabric of Mission, supporting local organizations offering local employment, with the emphasis on shop

A business with significant local focus in their enterprise; be it through manufacturing product locally, or retailing/utilizing products and/or services produced locally and community involvement.

and buy local. Now carrying many local grocery products from within the Valley, they highlight them at the front of the store. Save On Foods store manager Jim Shaw believes it is all about cultivating a business relationship with the community – “we support them, they support us.”

>>> Mission Springs Brewing Co.

is a local brewery, restaurant, pub and liquor store that is committed to ensuring all customers receive prompt, professional service. Hiring local, they strive to provide well prepared quality products in a friendly environment. The restaurant welcomes kids and the community, hosting many fundraisers. Local events such as Soap Box Derby, Operation Red Nose, Mission Folk Festival and the upcoming 2014 Winter Games are all supported. Working with the FVMBA they developed Trail Blazer pilsner to support the mountain bikers. They were recently nominated in the Canadian Brewery Awards, putting Mission on the map for its unique brews.

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers and to the community of Mission

We are forever grateful for your amazing support.

an integrated approach to health

Thank you Mission


Congratulations to all of the nominees!”



107-32559 LOGAN AVE MISSION 604.826.1191

604.287. evoke (3865)



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A business that demonstrates special consideration for their customers, ongoing employee training and a high level of understanding and commitment to service

>>> Prospera Credit Union is one of

the shoppe is their “happy place” where the largest credit unions provincially and the clients always come first. Cherry Lane offers a rewards card and an informative website longest serving in Mission. Staff adheres to the values of integrity, respect, accountability, and newsletter that highlight their passion for paper craft. The focus is to enable teamwork, focus and innovation, seeing clientele to have the confidence in their themselves as educators by financially creative abilities and create a scrapbooking empowering their members. community that also builds friendship. Coaching and training programs for >>> Red’s Grill is a 44-seat concession management and employees are ongoing restaurant in the Mission Leisure Centre, on both a formal and informal basis. Virtually which also supplies vending and catering all members are greeted by name on services for all the Leisure Centre arrival, receiving personal attention with requirements. the main goal being to see them financially prosper. They have an extensive community investment program devoted to recognizing The staff strives to meet the needs and wants of all customers and will customize community-based organizations, events orders to ensure all leave feeling satisfied. and volunteers; and offer their facility for Their commitment is to provide hearty, community promotion and fund raising. healthy and delicious food with exceptional >>> Cherry Lane Scrapbook service, in a reliable and consistent manner. Shoppe Inc. specializes in retail sales The management philosophy is to inspire of scrapbooking, card making and paper the best in their people through leading by crafting supplies, complimented by hands example and empowering all employees to on classes and instruction in the use of all take pride in their work, realizing they are products carried. making a meaningful contribution to the success of the business. The staff say, customer service is easy as



for nominating us for


Thank you Mission for nominating us for


• Mission largest lumber yard • Paint • House Wares • Outdoor Living• Hardware • Plumbing • Tools • Plumbing • Electrical • Agricultural/Pet Centre

Your Local Ace Hardware Dealer

THE JUNCTION SHOPPING CENTER 328-32555 London Avenue, Mission 604.814.4500 |

Fraser Valley Building Supplies

7072 WREN STREET, MISSION • 604-820-1134

OPEN: Weekdays 6 am-8 pm Weekends 8 am-6 pm Holidays 8 am-6 pm

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A non-profit, club or organization that is active in the local community by making a positive difference, involving active collaboration and engagement with others beyond who they serve


>>> Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley builds a child’s future

through the friendship and guidance provided by mentoring. Celebrating 100 years of service within Canada this year, it is the premiere youth mentoring charity, servicing 36 Mission children with a mentor and employing two staff in the community. There are three primary programs: Community Based Mentoring where volunteers spend two to four hours/ week with their Little Sister or Little Brother; Site Based Mentoring typically occurring in schools; and Group Mentoring where seven week programs are run for girls or boys after school.

and act as a central resource and referral agency on a daily basis. All art forms are used as an impetus, enabling diverse groups to come together, building strong community relationships. By engaging with a variety of groups all ages are reached and bought together to bring a new perspective of what art means to the community.

>>> Mission Adopt-A-Block Society

administers the litter reduction program in Mission with community education and public awareness, in addition to providing supplies, equipment and support to individuals and groups to remove litter from our streets, parks, trails and streams. They make a positive difference by fostering civic pride >>> District of Mission Arts Council’s and encouraging community involvement. Adopt-a-Block works with over 20 local nonmandate is to foster the development and profit groups and over 300 volunteers a year, appreciation of the arts by providing cultural who donate over 18,500 man hours towards and educational activities. With their goal removing litter from the community. Their to stimulate, coordinate and assist in the development of cultural and creative activities; latest collaborations include the Junior Bug Club and trail adoption. they deliver extensive programs and festivals


COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD! We feel honoured to be recognized among some of the most wonderful non-profits in our community!

Thank You Mission for nominating us for


Left to right: Marty, Nicole, Nathan & owner Dave.

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Mission Business Excellence Awards 2013  

The full print edition of the annual special supplement highlighting those nominated for the Mission Business Excellence Awards.

Mission Business Excellence Awards 2013  

The full print edition of the annual special supplement highlighting those nominated for the Mission Business Excellence Awards.