The Best of the Year

The best and brightest of Airdrie’s small business community were honoured at the 2016 Airdrie Business Awards.

PUSH Cycling Studio, AirdriePUSH Cycling Studio Inc. won a brand-new category, the Emerging Business Award, recognizing businesses in operation for less than three years.

Co-founders Janine Hartsook and Tammy Block accepted the award. Hartsook paid tribute to staff and customers who have helped in PUSH’s numerous fundraising events. She also acknowledged their families for their support as she and Block balance running a business with other work. “Our husbands have been through so much … and we’re still working our day jobs!” she said.


Good Earth Coffeehouse

Becky Diebolt accepted the Environmental Stewardship Business Award on behalf of Good Earth Coffeehouse.

“The community is what helps us sustain our business,” she said. “[And] for every one of our employees that takes on our standards and practices … it goes to show this is not just a job they do, they take initiative and pride in their work.”






The Pink Wand, AirdrieIn accepting the Family Friendly Business Award, Jacqui Jepson of The Pink Wand Cleaning Services spoke on the importance of a strong family, at home and at work; her daughter was diagnosed with Lyme disease earlier this year. “Through her daily treatments and illness, it truly was my Pink Wand family … that supported me,” Jepson said. “My business could not have existed without you.”



Budget Blinds, AirdrieBudget Blinds received the 2016 Winning Edge Award. Owner Kari Lines credited his wife, Mandy, for pushing him to start his own business. “I was really nervous to take that leap,” he said. “She said … you have to do this, and I’ve never looked back.”


Al Jones of ADvance Distribution received the Airdrie Business Leader Award to a standing ovation.

“We didn’t get into business to create jobs for ourselves,” he said of Airdrie’s entrepreneurial spirit. “We got into business because we wanted to build something.”

Nominees for the 2016 Airdrie Business Awards

Emerging Business Award
Airdrie Family Eye Doctors
Airdrie Puppy Pals
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada – Airdrie Agency
Devi Yoga Tribe
Downward Dog Grooming
Lathered Cleaning Company Inc.
Liquid Amber Landscape Management Ltd.
PUSH Cycling Studio Inc. (winner)
Switchback Creative
The Cat Next Door Inc.

Environmental Stewardship Business Award
Clothing for a Cause
Good Earth Coffehouse (winner)
London Drugs

Family Friendly Business Award
A Friend Indeed
Airdrie Roofing Ltd.
Bright Explorations Child Development Inc.
Devi Yoga Tribe
Four on the Floor
Grace Family Dental
Master Rim’s Taekwondo
Mezzanine Hair Studio
The Pink Wand Cleaning Services (winner)

Winning Edge Award
Airdrie Canvas Inc.
Budget Blinds (winner)
Canada Coach Lines Inc.
Cream Body & Bath
CrossFit 403
Mezzanine Hair Studio
The IT Company
Tri Fit Training Ltd.

Airdrie Business Leader Award
Al Jones

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