Business award nominees announced

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is getting the envelopes ready after announcing the list of nominees for this year’s business awards on Monday.
The winners in the seven categories won’t be announced until the Chamber’s annual awards banquet Saturday at La Place Rendez-Vous.
This year’s nominees include:
•Business of the Year (1-15 employees)–Cripes, It’s a Castle; Bob Armit Investors; Ernest Thompson Distributors; Fort Frances General Supply; J.N. Webb & Sons Limited; La Flambée; and Sears Canada.
•Business of the Year (16+ employees)–Busch’s Auto; Canada Safeway; Canadian Tire; Good Impressions Printing; Pinewood Sports & Marine; and Supported Employment Program.
•Entrepreneur of the Year–Garth Donald & Judie Campbell (M&M Meat Shop); Mark Faragher (Nova Body Works); Janis Lesko (Cripes It’s a Castle); Diana Martin (Diana’s Needle Art & Embroidery); Mike Maxton (Steamvac Cleaning Systems); Roberta Oliver (Sears Canada); Karla Ryan (Just For You Esthetic Studio); and Nicole Turcotte (M&S Bootery and Sportique).
•Customer Service Award–C.J. Contracting; Canada Safeway; Einar’s Foods; McTaggart’s; Pharmasave; Red Dog Inn; Robin’s Donuts; Sears Canada; Sight Sound; and Witherspoon One Stop.
•Employee of the Year–Ellen Carter (Cripes It’s a Castle); Missy Deschamps (Pharmasave); Douh Hodge (Causeway General Insurance); Phyllis Johnson (Good Impressions Printing); Russ Ling (tagg’s Source for Sports); Jody Miller (Fort Frances Times); Gary Romijn (Fawcett Broadcasting); David Schwartz (Gagne Pharmacy); Jeanne Jewell (Supported Employment Program); and Josie Miller (Northern Lights Credit Union).
•Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. Safety Award (individual employee)–Doug Anderson, Jeanette Cawston, and Kenny Oliver.
•Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. Safety Award (business/employer)–Good Impressions Printing; Dr. Randall Law; and the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition.
“There’s some really good nominations,” noted Heather Herbert, executive director for the local Chamber of Commerce. “It will be a good rounding of contenders in each category.”
Meanwhile, ticket sales for Saturday’s banquet are looking “very good,” Herbert said.
“Ticket sales are up to 140,” she said yesterday. “It looks like we might sell out [for the third-straight year].”
Tickets cost $35 each, or a table of 10 can be purchased for $30 a seat.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The evening also will feature attendance prizes, a silent auction, and a live band from Thunder Bay.
Those who bought their tickets prior to March 13 also are eligible to win a Cher Hogan print, framed by Pro Pictures, in the early-bird draw.