Business Champions Shine
Local Business Stories Unfold at Gala Event
Celebrating the best of South Kootenay businesses was centre stage at the Business Excellence Awards Gala, which recently showcased the region’s professionals and their community impact.
Back by popular demand, the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce event, held at Fruitvale’s new Ryder Pavilion, highlighted businesses nominated and awarded for their accomplishments and leadership.
“I was surprised and honoured; even to make the top five felt like a win,” says Ona Stanton of Business Reach Marketing, recipient of the Business Person of the Year award. “To be nominated among respected business owners who’ve made such big contributions within our community felt like a huge honour. To win is just validation that what I’m doing is making a difference.”
Stanton is a social media and marketing strategist who helps South Kootenay businesses connect with their community online. Connection through social media has been indispensable for many, especially when gathering in person was not an option. In fact, to respect social distancing guidelines, last year’s awards were delivered to recipients’ workplaces, with the presentations captured via video and shared on the Chamber’s social media channels.
The Chamber anchors many of the small and medium-sized businesses that make up the majority of the economic region. The value of acknowledging the hard work, expertise, and dedication that these businesses show day after day is vital. Many local business people appreciate the Chamber’s dedication to celebrating their colourful and varied stories.
“It’s funny; one of the first thoughts that came to mind was ‘thank you for seeing in me what I don’t always see in myself,’” says Stanton, who says she felt humbled by the recognition from her community. “When I read my nomination, it said, ‘her dedication to her region is amazing; Ona is a champion at bringing businesses together.’ That brought tears to my eyes to hear someone describe me that way because, you know, what better way to be known?”
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