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Jake Baird, vice-president and chief learning officer of Holland College, and Heather Matheson, managing director of the Prince County Hospital Foundation, represent two of the businesses nominated for the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards. In all 15 businesses were nominated for awards that will be handed out at the Harbourfront Theatre Oct. 9.
SUMMERSIDE — The stage is set and the finalists are in for the 2013 Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
Chamber president Patrick McSweeney said the winners will be chosen Oct. 9 at a gala event set for the Harbourfront Theatre.
“It’s great to be able to showcase our small businesses, our large businesses, all of our businesses and showcase them several times at the initial announcement at the final announcement and at the gala,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to giving our businesses in our area that publicity.”
Businesses go through a public nomination stage to create a list and then three nominees are selected by a special committee in each of eight categories.
“The (initial) nominations are open to the public,” McSweeney said. “You have to be a member of the chamber to be nominated. It’s open. We send out emails encouraging businesses to nominate themselves or each other or a good business that they think should be nominated.”
Once this list is compiled, the committee makes it selections.
“The (committee) voting is done through a static list of criteria that they must follow,” he said. “A committee is put together to go through the list and see who scores the highest on those criteria. The top three scores (in each category) are our finalists.”
Last year, the chamber revamped the award ceremony from a sit down dinner to an Oscar night type of event, complete with red carpet.