Business of the Year Awards

UPDATE: We WON Small Business of the Year!
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A few months ago we were excited to find out we'd been nominated for Business of the Year with the Chamber of Commerce Red Deer. We fall into the Small Business category with less than 10 employees, and this is the second time in 5 years we were recognized by our community members in this way. Last time though, we were a little overwhelmed with the whole thing and were almost relived when our friends over at 360 Fitness took it home!

*holy crap we should have prepared a speech - we looked at each other in horror before they announced the winner*

This year is different. We've come a long way in 5 years! Our business has expanded, our families have expanded, and we have far more confidence in our knowledge and abilities now. We are so ready this year! We might even prepare a speech :)

e're even more excited this year as the competition is FIERCE! We are up against Sabrina at Fetch Haus - Red Deer's only independent pet food and grooming salon, and Bonnie and Krista with The Breathing Room Yoga Studio!

e did our pre-awards interview with Todayville (watch the site for all the BOTYA updates!) and it got us reminiscing as he asked us so many deep questions. What's it like to be a woman in business in Red Deer? It was a tough one to answer - not because we couldn't think of anything, but because there are so many reasons. The community spirit in Red Deer and all of Central Alberta is incredible. People make a conscious choice everyday to support their local businesses every chance they get. They support you at events in the community, and online. They share your news with their friends and loved ones because they truly appreciate what you offer and want others to know about it. This community has given us the chance to fulfill our childhood dreams of becoming entrepreneurs, being impactful in a big way, and helping women who deserve a friendly smile and authentic, compassionate service. We are so proud and grateful for this.

unny little thing, we grew up in Sundre, Alberta, and going to Red Deer was always a fun trip to make. We learned from our Dad a few years after setting up shop that our Mom always loved Red Deer, and could always see herself living here. There's no question in our minds that she is here every second of the day with us, enjoying this little journey with us, It would be nice if she offered to  babysit for a night or two... :)

he Awards are coming up on October 18th. We cant wait to celebrate with some powerhouse Boss Babes and see who takes home the prestigious Business of the Year Award!

Becca Swanson