The Kapuskasing Curling Club was filled to the brim on Sept. 29 as the Kap and District Chamber of Commerce (KDCC) celebrated the 27th annual Business Awards Gala (BAG).
This year's gala saw various businesses in the area be recognized for their successes in a formal evening event that brought together business owners and employees alike.
“Everything was just absolutely phenomenal,” said KDCC President Martin Proulx. “People were having fun, people were networking. I sincerely couldn't ask for more than this.”
This year's BAG was somewhat of a departure from previous years, as the event traditionally served to cap off Small Business Week, a series of seminars and speeches.
“This year we're actually going to be doing a Small Business Month instead,” Proulx said. “Typically we usually finish the week off with the BAG, but since we have so many things planned for October, we decided to start things off with a big bang and so the Gala will lead up to our upcoming events.”
The winners for this year's set of awards are:
Small Business: Blooming Bouquet Flowers and Gift Shop
New Business: Kap Royal Theatre
Not-For-Profit: Kap Healthy Kids Community
Young Professional: Alain Murray
Productivity and Innovation: Kapuskasing Agri Services
People's Choice: Kevin Prevost and Eastview Chevrolet GMC Ltd
Success Story: Chez Lizette Restaurant
Lifetime Achievement: Simon and Louise Dubosq – La Boulangerie
Business of the Year: Cabin Fever Motorsports and Marine
Coming up next for the KDCC will be its Small Business Month with a variety of events.
“We've got some amazing seminars coming up, we've got some great partnerships with the Town of Kapuskasing and some other corporations involved with us as well, and we're going to have a great presentation “13 ways to kill a community” featuring a great public speaker,” Proulx said. “We're actually going to be doing some involvements with the schools alongside a few public sessions as well.”
He says that he hopes the month will help serve to communicate the importance of working together.
“We're hoping we'll be doing a pretty significant impact this year, because I think now is probably the better time to be talking about the subjects of working together as a northern community, and even despite some problems, we're all still involved.”