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Business Gala deemed a success

The Chamber of Commerce’s Business Gala has been deemed a success.

The gala has been held for since 1993, to reward businesses that have had a positive impact on the community.

Among those honoured was Keith Weinbender, for the Lifetime Achievement Award. He says he’s grateful for the recognition.

“It’s a humbling experience,” Weinbender said. “When you look at the recipients that have received [this award] in the last number of years, I have known a number of them, and look up to those people – most of them are my mentors. [I] never ever dreamed that I’d be on the receiving end of one. So, like I said, it’s humbling and it’s a beautiful honour.”

Vivid Hair and Aesthetics was the big winner of the night, winning both Entrepreneur of the Year and Business of the Year. Co-owner Rheanne Thackeray says family is paramount to her business.

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“Obviously, our business is family run,” Thackeray said. “For us, family’s the most important thing. Our parents are involved in the business [as well as] my two sisters and I, so basically we don’t really do anything apart from each other… All decisions are made together, and we run as a team.”

Other winners at the gala include:

Michele Charles Gustafson – Community Spirit Award

McCaw Funeral Services – Integrity Award

Can-Do Auto & Lube – Customer Service Award

Decorator’s Den – Small Business of the Year

Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Infortmation Centre – Non-Profit of the Year

Studio Encore – Downtown Business of the Year

Bexson Construction – Employer of the Year

Rotary Club of Lloydminster – Diversity Award

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