C.R. Plastic Products Inc. wins Business of the Year Award
By Stewart Grant
Eleven different St. Marys businesses were represented via their nominations at last week’s Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, and two of these businesses won Awards at the May 2nd Gala at the Arden Park Hotel.
Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters won the 2019 Entrepreneur Award, which is “presented to an entrepreneur, in business for 1-4 years, who has investigated the opportunities, weighed the risks, and has demonstrated significant business achievement and sustainable financial performance.” Emily & Kevin Lagace accepted the Award, and Emily’s acceptance speech follows this article. Also nominated for the Entrepreneur Award from St. Marys were Nina Polidoro Photography, Troyer’s Spices, and Zombear Writes.
The St. Marys Independent Newspaper won the 2019 Professional Award, which is “presented to a business that provides services to individuals or businesses. The recipient business executes best practices in all areas of their operation to ensure maximization of their capabilities and capacity.” Lauren Eedy and Maggie Richardson accepted the Award on behalf of the team at the St. Marys Independent, and Lauren’s acceptance speech follows this article.
C.R. Plastic Products Inc. of Stratford was the evening’s sole double-winner, taking home the Manufacturing Award and the Business of the Year Award.
The Service Award was given to A Touch of Dutch Landscaping & Gardening. Bob’s Fitness Studio, Stonetown Barber, and Yoga for You with Christa were the St. Marys nominees recognized in this category.
La Osa Jewellry & Vintage was presented the Retail Award. St. Marys nominees in this category were Lyric Flowers, Pass It On Store, and The Flower Shop and More.
Other 2019 award winners were Sirkel Foods (Hospitality Award), L’Arche Stratford (Non-Profit/Charitable Award), Teahen Construction Ltd. (Commercial Award), Stratford Public Library (Innovation Award), and Tim MacDonald of Ideal Supply (Business Leader Award).
Acceptance Speech by Emily Lagace, Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters:
Thank you so much. Thank you to the Chamber. We’re very grateful for this. Thank you to all the businesses here for everything that you bring to our community. I’m particularly pleased to see St. Marys so well represented here tonight.
Thank you to those who nominated Snapping Turtle, and to those who have supported us, we appreciate it so much.
To everyone in our community who supports small local business: Thank You. Your choice to shop local really does make a big difference.”
I also want to thank Perth Community Futures Development Corporation for helping us get off the ground two years ago, and now for helping make our plans for expansion possible.
I’d like to thank my staff for believing in our business and trusting us. In particular, I’d like to thank Matt Brenner and Mandy Verge for being such a big part of our vision and continuously contributing in so many creative ways.
Most importantly, I thank my family, my husband Kevin, and my kids Eric and Danielle, for all your hard work, your support, your patience and understanding and how you jump in at a moment’s notice to help whatever and whenever is needed. Thank you so much.
Acceptance Speech by Lauren Eedy, St. Marys Independent:
We are honoured for the nomination and congratulations to our fellow nominees.
Frank Doyle started the Independent newspaper in St. Marys over 20 years ago and it is currently run and owned by Stew Grant.. Stew is currently on a flight to Italy.
Neither could make it tonight but send their appreciation and honour for the nomination.
With the end of the Journal Argus and a legacy over a year ago, the Independent has strived to bring the best of local papers to serve our and surrounding communities – we feel that we’ve accomplished this goal.
Congratulations to our fellow nominees and now we know what next weeks headline will be.