The Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce hosted the 33 annual Business Awards Gala on Friday night (October 20).
 
A packed Ross Creek Professional Building gave panoramic views of the Fort for the record breaking event that saw over 500 nominations pour in for nine awards.
 
The sold out crowd was treated to entertainment from The Whiskey Boyz after the awards and supper, catered by the Sawmill.
 
Fort Orthodotics were the big winners bringing home awards for Small Business of the Year and Customer Service.
 
Simply Stunning Hair and Makeup took the New Business of the Year Award, sponsored by the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
 
"I'm blown away, I think that everybody that was a finalist honestly deserved this and I'm just blown away that they gave this to me," said owner Lisa Crawford. "It's an incredible community."
 
The full-service hair and makeup studio has a photo studio as well.
 
"We help people feel good on the outside but we want to make them feel good on the inside too so that's why we get so involved in campaigns and charities because mental health is a huge issue in this world and we want to change that."
 
The finalists were Kinny's Sweet Retreat, Funky Petals and Hidden Gem Hair Salon.
 
Small Business of the Year:
Legendary Barbershop, Fort Orthodontics and Cameron Dental
Winner: Fort Orthodontics
 
Franchise of the Year:
Jiffy Lube, Second Cup, Remax Real Estate and Your Dollar Store With More.
Winner: Jiffy Lube
 
Environmental Stewardship:
Fort Dog Fit.
Winner: Fort Dog Fit
 
Marketing Excellence:
Fort Dog Fit, Superior Show, Mix 107.9/fortsaskonline and Second Cup.
Winner: Mix 107.9/fortsaskonline
 
Entrepreneurial Spirit:
Alyssa Retzlaff (Enso Massage Therapy), Nicola Kannegiesser (Fort Dog Fit), Blair Carriere (Behonest Mechanical) and Brittney Brophy (Pure Yoga).
Winner: Nicola Kannegiesser (Fort Dog Fit)
 
Industry Excellence:
Agrium Inc, Engie Fabricom and Shell Canada.
Winner: Shell Canada
 
Customer Service:
Fort Orthodontics, Simply Stunning Hair and Makeup and Fort Dog Fit.
Winner: Fort Orthodontics
 
Home Based Business:
Sugar Mountain Cotton Candy, Amanda Milke Art and Jewelry Studio and Allison Smith Photography.
Winner: Amanda Milke Art and Jewelry Studio
 
The Ken Hodgins Award went to Wayne Katchur for his outstanding contributions and years of service to the community.
 

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