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Business Excellence Awards presented

The 18th annual celebration was held Wednesday evening at Tradex in Abbotsford.

Abbotsford’s business community turned out in full force to honour their own tonight (Wednesday) at the 18th annual Business Excellence Awards.

Approximately 500 guests came out for the event that saw 91 nominees vie for awards in 11 categories.

The celebration was sponsored by the Abbotsford News and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce.

Rick Rake, chair of the Business Excellence committee, served as master of ceremonies.

The opening reception featured networking followed by a buffet dinner.

Before the awards were handed out, guests enjoyed a performance by the Business Excellence Performance Troupe, which did a re-creation of the 1947 protest in which kids rallied against an increase in the cost of chocolate bars from five cents to eight cents.

Also providing entertainment was the Drum Cafe with its interactive experience.

Recipients of the 2013 Business Excellence Awards were:

Home Based Business Excellence

Tina’s Daycare

Retailer Excellence

Abbotsford Paint and Decorating Centre

Manufacturing and Production Excellence

Magnum Trailer and Equipment Inc.

Agricultural and Agri-Business Excellence

Clearbrook Grain and Milling

Consumer Services Excellence

RDM Lawyers LLP

Business Services Excellence

Ace Tank Services

Eric Vanderham Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Adi Desai, owner of Thai Dor

Non-Profit Organization of the Year

Mennonite Central Committee BC

New Business of the Year

The Book Man

Established Business of the Year (one to 19 employees)

Power Hydraulics Corp.

Established Business of the Year (20 plus employees)

Columbia Cabinets Ltd.