Over the past year we’ve had the pleasure of teaming up with many incredible local business owners and organizations in the Corydon area. From our perspective there are a few things we found that they all seem to have in common; these people are incredibly passionate, dedicated and committed. They work long hours and make many personal sacrifices in order to spur their businesses towards success.
Still, despite the stressful days and long list of obstacles, the vast majority of these small businesses are committed to the communities they call home. As we step into a new year we wanted to take a moment to recognize a few of our favourites that really stood out in 2016.
Best New Business – Paternity Centers of Canada
The new kid on the block in 2016 is Paternity Testing Centers of Canada. In a short period of time, Carla Foley and Allison Duffy have led their company to the point where they are now trusted by many legal firms and social service agencies that rely on their professionalism, integrity and commitment to purpose.
Best Enterprising Business – Beyond Flowers
This award will go to the business that has shown outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination. When Beyond Flowers opened its doors 17 years ago, Manitoba was ready for something refreshingly new: the experience of a flower boutique that truly allows the beauty of nature to shine. Inspired by a passion for gardening and the flower culture of European markets, Beyond Flowers sets out to go beyond the expected. Great care is put into every detail, from providing exceptional fresh cut flowers grown locally and around the world to beautiful packaging and inspired hands-on shopping.
Best Service Excellence – Corydon Animal Hospital
The winner of this category, Corydon Animal Hospital has given outstanding assistance and advice to all those who walk through their doors. Corydon Animal Hospital, centrally located in the River Heights, is a well-established, fully equipped pet hospital dedicated to dogs, cats, pocket pets and birds. They first opened our doors in 1970 with the mission to provide the highest quality medical, surgical and dental services in a skilled, caring and compassionate environment. Decades later, their focus remains the same.
Entrepreneur of the Year- Carla Foley
An entrepreneur is more than just a business person; they turn their ideas and passions into business opportunities and Carla Foley epitomizes just that. Carla is the driving force behind Advanced Massage Therapy’s two locations and The Paternity Centers of Canada’s 80 affiliates.
Community Dedication Award – Gravity Lingerie
You can tell owners Judy Cheetham and Sherry Valentin love their industry and have a passion to serve. Their annual Fall Fundraiser in support of the Guardian Angel Benefit for women’s cancer has now become a major event. They combined their passion and talent to create an environment that empowers women and makes them feel their best.
Most Creative Award – The Diamond Gallery
The winner of this category, The Diamond Gallery has given outstanding assistance and advice to all those who walk through their doors. The Malbrancks continue to be on the cutting edge of jewellery design while remaining committed to the community that has supported them for over six decades. The heirloom quality and integrity of their products, their personalized client service, as well as support of local charities and the arts have helped the Malbrancks earn the respect and recognition of the entire community. Allan, Anita and along with their eldest daughter Lisa share their design talent and gemological knowledge with The Diamond Gallery clients ensuring that the family business will continue for yet another generation.
The Extra Mile – Caked With Love Co
This award is for the business that has gone the ‘extra mile’ in supporting their clients and local community. Caked With Love Co has come into the neighbourhood with a bang and are getting noticed for more than just their menu. Marvic Abarra and Eileen Manalo are passionate about coffee, cake and people. In a few short months, Marvic and Eileen have turned their venture into a cornerstone café and cakery that serves carefully handcrafted espresso drinks, cakey treats made with extra love, and a daily dose of encouragement to anyone who walks through their door.
Best Team Development – Angles Hair Design
The winner in this category has proven they have a clear strategy in attract and developing their team to best serve their clients. Shannon and her team at Angles Hair Design on Lilac are constantly looking for ways to not only assist clients but also for ways to give back to their community.