Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows businesses celebrated

Local chamber of commerce salutes the best for the year

News publisher Jim Coulter (right) with award winners Lorraine Bates and Tom Cameron.

News publisher Jim Coulter (right) with award winners Lorraine Bates and Tom Cameron.

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce celebrated its best in business awards on Saturday.

Terry Becker, president of the chamber, was pleased the event  celebrating local business sold out.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to recognize so much of the great work that goes on in the community,” said Becker. “From helping drive the economy to the tremendous work our businesses give back to the community, it’s nice to see such a strong business presence all in one room.”

Becker said the chamber has just more than 500 members and represent a diverse range of businesses.

As president, she said, the awards provide an excellent opportunity for networking, something vital for local businesses.

“That’s the big draw of the chamber,” she said. “We offer so many events where businesses can meet, share ideas and help them grow.”

She said social networking has also played a big role in helping chamber members not only grow their business, but promote one another.

“I know, as president, I don’t always have the time to meet all our members. But through social networking we can make it easier.”

With the awards over, the chamber is set to host B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong at the Meadow Gardens Golf Course on March 13 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The event will focus on the province’s latest budget.

 

Chamber winners

Winners from the 2015 Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce:

• Honeyland Canada,

2014 Agri-Business of the Year;

• Alouette Addiction Services, 2014 Non-Profit Organization of the Year

• Lorraine Bates and Tom Cameron, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Agricultural Association, 2014 Community Spirit of the Year;

• Simplified Business Solutions, 2014 Home-Based Business of the Year;

• Maple Ridge Towing,

2014 Small Business of the Year;

• Meadowridge School,

2014 Business of the Year;

• Vicki McLeod, Main Street Communications Ltd., 2014 Business Leader of the Year.