These past 2 months, we have had the distinction of being named a finalist for The Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Week Innovation Award, something we’re very proud of. Adding to that, 2 weeks ago, we were also nominated for the ATB Small Business of the Year Award.
Last week the Small Business Awards were held at the new Telus Spark Centre, where over 300 other business leaders met to network.
Prior to the award ceremony,the Small Business Week Expo presented by First Calgary Financial was held in the conference area where we got to meet other nominees, network and find out more about their work and interact with businesses that are making a mark in Calgary.
The evenings Keynote speaker was Ray DePaul, Executive Director, Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University. DePaul was also the recipient of the 2011 Wilfrid Laurier University MBA Alumnus Award for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement and acts as a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs.
Though tickets were free, the event sold out and a great turnout with wonderful food and great discussions ensued.
Though we did not win, our peers did and it the mood was one of celebration. Competition was only healthy and the Innovation Award went Vets to Go Inc. who provide a range of veterinary services in the comfort of ones home. The Environmental Stewardship Award went to Leela Eco Spa and Studio for their environmentally friendly spa and boutique yoga studio focused on minimum impact on the environment and giving back to the community.
Mealshare Aid Society won the Community Impact Award for making it easy for restaurants to directly provide meals to people in need on an ongoing basis, while engaging with their customers and encouraging the purchase of high-margin menu items. A wonderful business idea that benefits many! And finally the Breakout Business Award went to Fiasco Artisan Gelato, no one was arguing the AMAZING pumpkin gelato they were dishing out.
All in all we had a great time and we would like to thank everyone for their support and to the great business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals we met along the way.
Thank you Calgary!
– The Code Expert Team
Tags: Awards, Calgary Business, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Award, Small Business of the Year Award