An awards night of excellence

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The Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards (MJBEX) is a chance to show the best of the city’s businesses.

The Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce released the list of nominees for 2014 on Tuesday. This year, there are 45 nominees, which is on par with previous years.

Regardless of what we think about the business tax incentive program, these awards always showcase the excellence of our local businesses in 11 categories: Community Involvement, Customer Service, Young Entrepreneur, Marketing, Heritage, New Business Venture, Job Creation, Pioneer, Business Innovation, “Green” Business of the Year and Business Leader of the Year.

Businesses are one of the central elements to a thriving and successful city. Businesses provide services and items essential to our daily lives and they also provide jobs that create a solid tax base. Businesses are important.

There is always a tendency for us to overlook or not appreciate or understand what kind of work businesses do in the community. The MJBEX Awards give those business leaders a chance to shine and a chance for the community to know what kind of work they do.

For instance, the community involvement category criteria, as listed on the chamber’s website, is a business that “demonstrates exceptional performance in its support of recreation, amateur sports, arts and culture, charitable or non-profit volunteer groups.”

The New Business Venture category shows how much the city has grown over the past year. The Young Entrepreneur category gives us an insight into the future leaders in the community and shows young people making a difference through their new businesses.

The MJBEX Awards are associated with excellence for a reason. This is one day of the year we can stop for a moment and acknowledge the work our local businesses are doing.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, Customer Service

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