News publisher Jim Coulter and ad manager Lisa Prophet accept the community spirit award at the chamber of commerce business excellence gala on Saturday.

News publisher Jim Coulter and ad manager Lisa Prophet accept the community spirit award at the chamber of commerce business excellence gala on Saturday.

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News earns community spirit award

Chamber of commerce hosts annual business excellence awards.

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News was one of seven winners at the chamber of commerce business excellence awards, presented Saturday at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.

In October, a judging committee starting going over the 61 nominees for this year’s business excellence awards. The total represented a 50 per cent increase in the number of nominations for the 2015 awards.

They are given to local Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows businesses that have demonstrated outstanding performance, innovation and community service. In addition, these businesses display a positive social and environmental conscience.

“The finalists and recipients have been recognized as leaders in their industry, they emphasize the importance of delivering a high level of customer service to all clients,”  said Andrea Madden, chamber of commerce executive director.

“With a reputation for excellence, these businesses treat all employees and clients with care and respect. Furthermore, these businesses have a proven success record demonstrated by their financial prosperity and business longevity. They have made a significant positive impact on the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows business communities and beyond through successful business strategy and community support.”

The News was selected for the Community Spirit of the Year award.

“It was great to be nominated and it was an honour to win,” said Jim Coulter, publisher of the News.

“With so many community-minded business in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, it was nice to included with them.”

Other winners:

• Non-profit Business of the Year – Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services;

• Home-based Business of the Year – Mom and Me Pies;

• Agri-business of the Year – Hopcott Meats;

• Small Business of the Year – Westgate Flower Garden;

• Big Business of the Year – Left of the Dot Media (now rebranded as Left);

• Business Leader of the Year – Michelle Jones-Ruppel and Scott Jones, West Coast Auto Group.