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Exciting Changes to the 2020 Celebrate Success Business Awards

Businesses in Yorkton are resilient and creative. They deserve to be celebrated!.

The 2020 Celebrate Success Business Awards will be held March 25 at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre.

A number of changes have taken place that will help to make these Awards bigger and better than ever before:

  • You know your business. So the Chamber has moved from a nomination process to an application process. Businesses apply for the awards they feel best suits their business situation
  • Fillable Application Forms are available online on the Chamber’s website www.yorktonchamber.com OR they can be downloaded, completed and emailed to info@yorktonchamber.com
  • Point form information. No more writing essays! As they used to say in the old detective movies, “Just the facts, please ma’am!”
  • New Awards
    Business Leader of the Year – no application for this. The recipient will be selected by the Judging Panel

    People’s Choice Award – no application for this. Once the Finalists for all the Awards have been announced, Chamber members ONLY will be invited to vote for the business they believe most deserves an Award. Voting will conclude 5:00 PM March 20

  • Other Awards include: Award of Excellence (3 recipients); Community Involvement; Safety; Property Restoration; Business Growth & Expansion; Young Entrepreneur; New Business Venture; Marketing; and Customer Service. Also for groups and organizations, the Community Merit Award (3 recipients).
  • A business which received a particular Award in 2016 or anytime before 2016, is eligible to apply for that Award again in 2020 – except the Award of Excellence.
  • As always, businesses are encouraged to apply for more than one Award
  • As always, the Awards are open to all businesses – Chamber members or not. However, businesses outside of Yorkton must be Chamber members to apply
  • Deadline for submitting applications is NOON February 19
  • The Finalists’ Lunch, the event where the finalists in the Award categories are announced, will be held Wednesday March 4 at the Painted Hand Casino

2020 is the start of a new decade. Wouldn’t it be great if your business began the new decade as an Award recipient? The only way for that to happen is for you to apply for an Award!

Thank you to the following sponsors:

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Be Prepared!

While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe, everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency; and being prepared means having the knowledge and equipment necessary to better cope during an emergency. There are many ways to “Be Emergency Ready”. Go to www.getprepared.gc.ca for the publication Your Emergency Preparedness Guide. This Guide will help you prepare to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. It will help you create your own emergency plan and provides checklists for you to build a 72 hour emergency kit. The guide includes sections on Know the Risks; Make a Plan; and Get an Emergency Kit (you can make your own).



Emergency Preparedness

The following is information from the Calgary Chamber that may be of interest to any Chambers looking to assist their members with disaster preparedness and insurance literacy. Any business across Canada can visit IBC.DiagnosticRocket.com and utilize a free diagnostic. Feel free to circulate to your members.

North American studies estimate that 43% of businesses impacted by a natural disaster do not reopen.

In 2013, Southern Alberta experienced extreme flooding, including in downtown Calgary. As a Chamber, we knew that our business community was at severe risk of significant negative impact if they were not up and running again as soon as possible. In partnership with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, we worked to power our business community through an efficient and effective recovery by creating a network of support. The result was that more than 99% of Calgary’s businesses impacted by the floods reopened successfully. World Chamber Federation Special Project award.  

Learning from our experiences from the 2013 Southern Alberta floods, the Calgary Chamber has worked with the Insurance Bureau of Canada to build a free diagnostic survey tool that will educate businesses across the country on disaster preparedness and insurance literacy.

Any business across Canada can visit IBC.DiagnosticRocket.com and utilize the free diagnostic. By taking this survey, businesses will receive personalized recommendations they can implement to help become more prepared for a disaster.



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