Betty’s of Fort Frances was named Business of the Year during the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s 18th-annual Tbaytel business awards gala last night at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Christine Krueger (Fort Frances Dental Centre) was honoured as Employee of the Year while Ben Morelli, owner/operator of From the Grind Up, was named Entrepreneur of the Year.
Jennifer Horton (Curvy Chick/Chick with a Camera) was honoured as Business Woman of the Year, with Kupila’s Sound Centre winning the Home-Based Business Award.
Donna Lowey (Lowey’s Greenhouse) took home the Customer Service Award (individual) while Tompkin’s Home Hardware in Emo earned the award for a business.
Bobbie Parker (Mr. Sub) was named Small Business Trainer of the Year.
The Tony Beyak Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Kayne Shaw.
The gala was co-hosted by Chamber first vice-president Myles Kuharski and Fort Frances-born and raised comedian Ryan McMahon, the latter of whom entertained the audience after the awards ceremony.
The sold-out event, attended by 160 people, was organized by the Chamber of Commerce.
It was sponsored by Tbaytel while Sunset Country Ford sponsored the roast prime rib dinner and Gillons’ Insurance sponsored the champagne handed out at the door.
The evening also featured a silent auction, with prizes sponsored by many local businesses.
The door prize—a large photographic print—was donated by Jenny Greenhalgh of Jenny Greenhalgh Consulting.
“Entirely Mac” played music before and during dinner.
The event was decorated by Diane Gibson of Gibson Design.