Master of Ceremonies and two winners of Business of the Year award

Circle K named Business of the Year

GODERICH – Three Circle K locations owned by best friends Gurpreet Singh and Harpreet Singh captured the top award at the 2023 Spirit of Success Awards Gala, an annual business awards event hosted by the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron last night.

“This year, the judges have selected a winner with a unique story,” said Nadine Vanden Heuvel, in presenting the award. She is Chair of the Spirit of Success Committee. “The judges said they faced blatant racism and pushed on. They became part of their communities and gave back. They volunteer and are seen everywhere.”

In the application for the award, Gurpreet Singh said the friends who grew up in the North part of India worked long hours and invested all their money to acquire stores in Lucknow, Wingham and Clinton. Now, they give back to the community through volunteer work.

Spirit of Success Awards Gala was held at the White Carnation, Holmesville. The event was sold out.

The community offered up a record 135 nominations of businesses, organizations and individuals for 14 sponsored awards. The Business of the Year Award is chosen by the judges.

Nominations included organizations that run events that make an impact in the community, young people with the courage to start businesses, businesses that provide stellar service and give back to the community and other criteria of excellence.

Other awards winners were:

Compass Minerals Environmental and Sustainability Award – BYOB Zero Waste Depot

Downtown Goderich BIA Award – Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health

Country 104.9 Community Impact Award – Goderich Salt and Harvest Festival, September 15-17, 2023

John C. Grace Young Entrepreneur Award – Wyatt Ducharme and Jacqueline Hudson of Cork & Coast

K2 Wind Ontario Technology/Manufacturing Award – Community Living – Central Huron

MicroAge Basics Service Award – Goderich Chiropractic

Huron County Economic Development New Business Award – Bayfield Lavender Farm

Goderich Tourism Hospitality Business Award – BRØD bread & pastry

Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award – Nature’s Nest

Huron County Economic Development Diversity Award – Community Living – Central Huron

The Bazinet Family Volunteer Award – Earl Pennington

Mainstreet Credit Union Excellence in Agribusiness Award – EthoGuard

Berhan Immigration and Settlement Services Newcomer Award – Khawla’s Kitchen: Authentic Syrian Cuisine

Huron County Economic Development Employer of Choice Award – Maple Leaf Motel

“The Spirit of Success Awards Gala honours outstanding businesses, organizations and people who shine brightly in our community. They are pioneers and leaders. Change makers and community builders. They lead by example. They encourage others to be better. And we hope that with these awards, we can not only recognize them, but continue to encourage them and others to be the best they can be, for the benefit of everyone,” said Tabatha Fisher, who is chair of the Huron Chamber of Commerce.

This event is co-sponsored by Libro Credit Union and Zehrs Goderich. Awards are sponsored by Artech Signs and Graphics. Photography is sponsored by Gateway Casino Clinton. Entertainment is sponsored by Community Futures Huron. Media sponsor is Blackburn Media Inc., Shoreline Classics and 100.1 The Ranch. Decoration sponsor is Jodi Snell, Real Estate Broker, ReNew Real Estate Team, brokered by eXp Realty.

Nominations are Open Until Oct. 6

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUBMITTED NOMINATIONS.

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Nominations in 14 award categories – include a whopping four new awards for 2023 – to celebrate businesses, organizations and individuals that shine in our communities are now open with the launch of the 2023 Spirit of Success Awards, hosted by the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron.

Winners will be announced at the annual Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron Spirit of Success Awards Gala on Friday, Nov. 10 at the White Carnation in Holmesville. Tickets, $110 per person, are on sale now.

The 2023 Spirit of Success Awards give the community the opportunity to nominate leading businesses that provide stellar service, individuals who provide leadership in the business community, and other criteria of excellence are outlined in the 14 sponsored award categories:

Compass Minerals Environmental and Sustainability Award

Downtown Goderich BIA Award

Country 104.9 Community Impact Award

John C. Grace Young Entrepreneur Award

K2 Wind Ontario Technology/Manufacturing Award

MicroAge Basics Service Award

Huron County Economic Development New Business Award

Tourism Goderich Hospitality Business Award

Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award

Huron County Economic Development Diversity Award

NEW: The Bazinet Family Volunteer Award

NEW: Main Street Credit Union Excellence in Agribusiness Award

NEW: Berhan Immigration and Settlement Services Newcomer Award

NEW: Huron County Economic Development Employer of Choice Award

Nominations close Friday, Oct. 6 at 5 pm.

Once the nomination form is received, the nominee will be sent a short application for review by a panel of three judges. Judges will also select the top business from all nominations to be named the Huron Chamber Business of the Year.

The nomination form, and awards categories and descriptions can be found below. You are welcome to make more than one nomination and to nominate in all applicable award categories.

Tickets for 2023 Spirit of Success Awards Gala

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE EMAIL INFO@HURONCHAMBER.CA TO BE PLACED ON OUR WAIT LIST. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Come join us in all the pomp and ceremony of the 2023 Spirit of Success Awards Gala, as we hand out 15 awards to businesses, organizations and people who shine in our community.

The gala will be held at the White Carnation in Holmesville on Friday, Nov. 10. Reception at 6 pm. Dinner at 7 pm.

Chefs Noriel Abejaron and Corinne Bos are planning a creative buffet that will highlight seasonal foods in Huron County.

The evening will include a guest speaker, and comments from the award presenters and award winners.

This event is an opportunity to celebrate the business community and all that it does to enrich the lives of those who live in Goderich, Central and North Huron.

Tickets are now sold out. Email info@huronchamber.ca if you would like to be on a wait list.

Compass Minerals Environmental and Sustainability Award

This award category praises the accomplishments made by implementing sustainability measures. It seeks to shine a light on the organization’s efforts to preserve our planet. Awarded to a business or organization that has: Been in operation for a minimum of two consecutive years; Made an outstanding commitment to sustainable development; Self-initiated environmental actions and programs beyond legislative requirements; Found energy or waste efficiencies; Provided environmental stewardship, education, or innovation in the past year.

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Country 104.9 Community Impact Award

Vote for your favourite event that has happened in the last 12 months. This could be a sport event, a fundraising event, a festival – whatever was special. This could have been organized by a group, or an individual. Your nomination must have made a positive impact on the community.

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John C. Grace Young Entrepreneur Award

An entrepreneur aged 30 or younger, who owns or manages a business or manages staff, and has been successful in meeting goals and objectives of the business, and have earned the respect of peers and employees with their management skills, have received a nomination.

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Downtown Goderich BIA Award

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This award is presented to a service or not for profit business establishment in the Downtown Goderich BIA district that enhances the quality of life and/or health and/or welfare of our community, by offering professional service in the field of financial, health and wellness, educational or welfare assistance.

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Huron County Economic Development New Business Award

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New Business to the area that opened within the last 18 months and in operation for minimum of six months, that: Provides excellent customer service; Provides support and training to staff and employees; and is community-minded and supportive.

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MicroAge Basics Service Award

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(This award is for non-retail, non-hospitality businesses.) Demonstrates excellence in customer service leadership on a consistent basis. The business & staff go above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction with their service/ product. Recognizes and rewards employees with positive incentives for providing excellent customer service.

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K2 Wind Ontario Technology / Manufacturing Award

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Awarded to a business or organization that has improved performance, increased customer/client satisfaction, or enhanced public awareness through the use of innovative products, processes or communication technologies.

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Tourism Goderich Hospitality Business Award

A hospitality sector business that demonstrates excellence in customer service on a consistent basis. Community minded and supportive. Always creates a special customer experience.

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Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award

A Retail sector business that demonstrates excellence in customer service on a consistent basis, is community-minded and supportive, and always puts the customer’s needs first.

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Huron County Economic Development Diversity Award

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The Diversity Award recognizes a business or organization that embraces, celebrates and applies holistic inclusion and participation of a diverse people making the workplace a better environment in which to work, and the community a better place in which to live, work and raise a family.

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NEW: Bazinet Family Volunteer Award

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community, providing selfless service without monetary compensation that enhances the quality of life in the neighbourhoods where they live. Through this award, their work is celebrated with thanks and recognition. Volunteer work can include a variety of activities that take place occasionally over the course of a year, or a more consistent and sustained commitment, such as a weekly commitment to a specific cause. Volunteering benefits groups, persons or the community, and can either be mediated by organizations (formal volunteering) or can be direct help without the involvement of an organization or group (informal volunteering). Qualifying individuals of any age must live within the boundaries of the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North and be nominated for their volunteer work in the past 12 months. Political advocacy and lobbying work are not eligible.

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NEW: Mainstreet Credit Union Excellence in Agribusiness Award

The award recognizes a person or business that demonstrates excellence in Innovation, Trailblazing and Community Involvement. Agribusiness is the business sector encompassing farming and farming-related commercial activities. It involves all the steps required to send an agricultural good to market, namely production, processing, and distribution. As such, the recipient can range from a farming enterprise through to a beverage and food producer and can include support organizations such as warehouses, wholesalers, processors and retailers. The recipient is an agricultural or agribusiness focused business that consistently demonstrates achievement in the area of their business focus. It has the characteristics of a successful business with diversification, innovation, sound business practices, workplace safety, and community involvement as part of their corporate identity. It shows leadership and outstanding achievement within their sector and has a propensity to continuous improvement. It shows a high level of care and concern for the community and has elements of social enterprise in their corporate culture.

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NEW: Berhan Immigration and Settlement Services Newcomer Award

The award recognizes a Newcomer who demonstrates excellence in business. The Newcomer Entrepreneur Award recognizes an outstanding entrepreneur who was born outside of Canada and has started a successful business in the Goderich, Central or North Huron. This individual has overcome adversity, exhibits leadership both in their community and within their business, and has strong track record of business growth. The nominee must be a Newcomer to Canada within the past 10 years, operating a business in Goderich, Central or North Huron for a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years.

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NEW: Huron County Economic Development Employer of Choice Award

This award celebrates an employer that offers an exceptional workplace for their employees in Goderich, Central or North Huron, and by doing so show leadership in talent attraction and retention. Employees are invited to nominate their employer. Consider any of the following: the quality of the physical environment of the workplace; the work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

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Huron Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award

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This award is given to the top overall business from all categories, as chosen by the judges.

Nomination Form