Kent Rupert

Jobs well done

Every fall the Airdrie business community comes together to celebrate. The local businesses applaud the successes they have had and are recognized for the contributions they’ve made to the community. In a time when there is uncertainty with the economy and confidence levels are wavering, it’s exciting to see the optimism and success many Airdrie businesses continue to enjoy.

The Airdrie Business Awards is the city’s premier awards program, recognizing local businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, customer service, community involvement and innovative practices. While these awards recognize the best in our business community, I noticed something interesting in this year’s nominations: the diversity in the types of businesses that were nominated.

Each year, we continue to see more and more nominations from the community and this year was no exception. What fascinates me is the variety in the types of businesses that are leading the way. We see nominees ranging from personal service firms to commercial construction contractors. This year, finalists included HairBenders, CrossFit 403, Goodmen Roofing and Budget Blinds of Airdrie, to mention just a few. Some of these businesses have been in Airdrie for several years and continue to be strong leaders; others are newer but have quickly made a large impact.

Take this year’s Winning Edge Award winner, Astoria Asset Management. Ten years ago, owner Lorelei Talbot had a dream of starting her own business. She started out in a shared office and this year expanded to a large new office space in Airdrie with more than a dozen staff members. Like many other businesses in Airdrie, Astoria knows about the importance of diversity in its operations. The company does more than manage properties and condos; it is an important part of the Airdrie community. Astoria is involved with such groups as Airdrie Chamber of Commerce and the Creative Airdrie Society, and mentors businesses with the SMARTstart program. The company also raises money and volunteers for local charities. Astoria’s annual golf tournament has raised more than $137,000 to date for Airdrie Food Bank.

On behalf of the Airdrie economic development team, I would like to congratulate all the nominees and recipients of the 2105 Airdrie Business Awards. We also congratulate the unsung heroes who model exceptional businesses practices and just haven’t been noticed yet. I encourage Airdrie residents to take the time to take note of and appreciate the diversity in the types of businesses we have here, and ensure that you support them.

It takes a lot of courage and energy for entrepreneurs to start a business, nurture it and grow it to make their dream a reality. For that we need to congratulate all Airdrie business owners.

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