The Fort Saskatchewan and District Chamber of Commerce held their 37th annual Business Awards Thursday (Dec. 2) evening.  

Similar to last year, the awards were presented in a video format. The chamber had initially planned for an in-person event with a roaring 20s theme, but it was moved online due to the continuing uncertainty from COVID-19.  

Close to 400 nominations were submitted to the chamber, according to executive director Tamara Dabels.  

"To have that many nominations pour in, just that support for the business community, it was very heartwarming," she said. "To have the community come out and go, 'hey, we see you, and you're doing a good job, and we appreciate you,' I think that just means more than words." 

The finalist and winners (in bold) are...

Home-Based Business of the Year Award:

  • A. Keen Photography
  • A Hint of Sweet
  • Hey Sugar! 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award:

  • Antonella Akle 
  • Brenna Bouchard 
  • Maggie Plante of Skin Effect Laser and Medical Aesthetics 

Inclusion and Diversity Award:

  • Hair Mantra 
  • City of Fort Saskatchewan 
  • The Fort Distillery 

Small Business of the Year Award: 

  • Illustrious Interiors 
  • Millers Ice Cream 
  • The Cotton Candy Shoppe 

Customer Service of the Year Award:

  • Isaac McNeill, Heartland Ford 
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, Westpark 
  • Time 4 U Day Spa 

G.R.I.T. Award:

  • Harmony In The Workplace Ltd. 
  • Katalyst Coaching 
  • The Venue by Ken's Catering 

New Business of the Year Award:

  • ABC Sweets 
  • COBS Bread 
  • Pear Beauty  

Industrial Heartland Award:

  • Dow 
  • Heartland Coatings Ltd. 

Marketing Excellence Award:

  • Fort Saskatchewan Eyecare 
  • Skin Effect Laser and Medical Aesthetics 

Innovation Award:

  • Crawford Master Stylists 
  • Fort Cinema 
  • Tawnie Misik, Royal LePage 

Three anonymous judges decided for each category. Judges include past chamber presidents, past category winners, elected officials and chamber executives from other communities.  

The Business Awards can be viewed online here