Chamber releases MJBEX Award nominees for 2014 (updated)

Lisa Goudy
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One of 11 statues handed out at the 2013 Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards at Heritage Inn Wednesday. The gala drew a sold-out crowd of 400 business leaders, politicians and other public figures.

There are 45 Moose Jaw Business Excellence Award (MJBEX) nominations this year.

"It’s really good this year. What we’re really pleased with is the two categories, Young Entrepreneur and New Business Venture,” said Brian Martynook, CEO of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce. “Having that number of nominations for New Business at nine, and Young Entrepreneur at six, that really shows Moose Jaw’s progressing.”

The Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce released the list of nominees on Tuesday. He said the number of 2014 nominees is “right on board” with previous years. Usually, there are between 40 and 50 nominations.

The 13th annual MJBEX Awards will be held on April 16 at the Heritage Inn with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., the banquet at 6:30 p.m. and the awards presentations at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s grown bigger and better every year,” said Martynook. “(There is) the benefit of celebrating the success and accomplishments of the businesses of Moose Jaw and … it’s just one time of the year that you can give them a pat on the back and there’s a video presentation of their business.”

The video presentation of the business is particularly beneficial to the New Business Venture and Young Entrepreneur nominees because the videos will be shown at the event and are also usually posted on YouTube. That allows them to “profile their business,” he said.

A committee consisting of five people will decide the winners. Tickets to the event are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at the chamber office at 88 Saskatchewan St. E.

Martynook said everyone is invited to the awards night.

“It’s good for everybody to see what’s going on in the business community,” he said.

For more information, contact the chamber at 306-692-6414.

The nominees are:

Community Involvement

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate - Matt Dominguez

Moose Jaw Warriors - Alan Millar

RBC Royal Bank of Canada - Peter Hleck

Southland Roofing - Dan Glasser

WOW Factor Media - Joel Pinel

Yara Centre - Jasmine Jackman

Customer Service

Gary Overs Kennelling & Obedience - Gary Overs

Kal Tire - Wayne Knaus

Within Self Mastery Through & Beyond Physical Therapy - Lynne Brochu

Young Entrepreneur

Elite Hairstyling - Amy Duzan

Revolution Hair Studio - Melissa Chelsberg

RuBarb Productions - Evie Koop Sawatsky

The Yoga Loft - Robyn Cunningham

Within Self Mastery Through & Beyond Physical Therapy - Lynne Brochu

Western Vet Services Terry Goslin


Blue Whale Financial - Joe Moffat

Family Pizza - Steve Erdall

Moose Jaw Warriors - Alan Millar


Brown’s SocialHouse - Kelly Burns

Grant Hall - Verna Alford

Hopkin’s Dining Parlour - Gladys Pierce

Tilbury Design - Troy/Raelyn Tilbury

New Business Venture

Boston Pizza DownTown - Ryan Langeman

Brown’s SocialHouse - Kelly Burns

Elite Hairstyling - Amy Duzan

Main Street Naturopathic - Dr. Lynn Chiasson

Maurice’s - Melody Norberg

Paws Claws N Tails - Cari Lee Demeria

Rock Creek Tap & Grill - Jeff & Ashlea Street

Southland Roofing - Dan Glasser

Team Red Goat - Mike Vandenberghe

Job Creation

Rock Creek Tap & Grill - Jeff & Ashlea Street

SuperMeats Catering - Jeff Beesley


Bellamy Harrison Animal Clinic - Dr. Bob Bellamy

Moose Jaw Multicultural Council - Stefanie Palmer

Moose Jaw Real Estate Board - Jim Millar

Seaborn Insurance - Barry Seaborn

Business Innovation

Bend in the River Berries - Stephanie Crichton

Team Red Goat - Mike Vandenberghe

WOW Factor Media - Joel Pinel

“Green” Business of the Year

Green Sister Gardens - Keri Fox

Tilbury Design - Troy or Raelyn

Silver Star Salvage

Business Leader of the Year

Greg Simpson

Sam Shaw

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Organizations: Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Inn, WOW Factor RBC Royal Bank Yara Centre Kal Tire Hair Studio Boston Pizza Seaborn Insurance

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Troy, Saskatchewan Rock Creek Canada Silver Star

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