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The Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce is recognizing local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Its Annual Business Awards proved to be yet another successful night as the community came out for a great meal, entertainment and banquet at Seven Generations Education Institute last night.

Among the crowd was Pam Viinikka of the Log Cabin Tavern and the Cornerstone. She was the recipient of the Entrepreneur, Business Owner and Manager of the Year award. She says that this award isn't just for her. 

"I would like to especially thank my business partner, Brian Heath. I couldn't do it without him. He's my 'manager of the year' I would have to say. My employees, and my family as well. It's always a team effort," she says. 

Shyy Kennedy and Courtney Alcock, co-owners of Buck & Doe Hair & Skin Studio won the award for Youth Entrepreneur.

"I did not expect to win, but I'm pretty stoked about it. I want to thank Courtney for the work that she does, and I want to thank my clients, because they're the reason we do what we do", Kennedy says.

The Chamber Awards received over 140 nominations nominating 72 business and Manager of the KDCC, Carlee Hakenson spoke about the success of the night. 

"There's a lot of work that going into planning. Being here and finally getting to enjoy the night, the dinner and entertainment is great. I love seeing all of the nominees who won the awards with smiling faces. It's rewarding." she says. 

Not only were there smiles on the winners' faces, but the crowd's as well. Comedian Matt Falk took to the stage with an amazing set. He's been called "Effortlessly Funny" by the CBC, and performed at Just for Laughs, the Halifax Comedy Festival and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. 

The Chamber also held its Annual General Meeting prior to the banquet where a new president was announced. Ron Malashewski of Cliff Lake Capital Limited will lead the Board of Directors in 2018. 

The winners and nominees are listed below along with photos from the evening.


 Business Improvement: Carstar Kenora 

  • 901 Westside

  • All Tressed Up Salon

  • Carstar Kenora

  • Casey’s Bar & Grill

  • Days Inn Kenora

  • Kenora Aerialettes

  • Lakeshore Lounge / Sun Valley Lodge

  • Posh & Pixie

  • The Seasons Shop

  • Shane’s Northern Tire and Auto

Innovative Small Business: Freshwater Cuisine 

  • Freshwater Cuisine

  • Sweet, Lake of the Woods Chocolate Shop

  • Twice is Nice: New & Gently Used Clothing

  • Wild Woods Hideaway 


New Business (Under two years): Sweet, Lake of the Woods Chocolate Shop

  • Bob’s Burger Bar

  • Buck + Doe Hair & Skin Studio

  • C & O Minitgaabic Construction

  • Central Tech

  • EZ BIN Kenora

  • Fifth Avenue Farms

  • Haney Construction


Tourism and Hospitality: The Grace Anne II Yacht & Lodge 

  • Beaver Creek Ranch

  • Dino’s Restaurant

  • The Grace Anne II Yacht & Lodge

  • Kendall House Bed and Breakfast

  • Mount Evergreen Ski Hill

  • Upriver Media

  • Wild Woods Hideaway

Customer Service Excellence - Staff up to 10: Shane's Northern Tire and Auto

  • All Tressed Up Salon

  • Backstage Hair Studio

  • Bison Fire Protection Inc.

  • Boardanyone Inc.

  • Buck + Doe Hair & Skin Studio

  • Carstar Kenora

  • HoJoe Coffee & Eatery

  • Hoolio & Goober

  • Kenora Midwives

  • The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy

  • Playa Vida

  • Plaza Restaurant

  • Shane’s Northern Tire and Auto

  • Sweet, Lake of the Woods Chocolate Shop

  • Wolframe’s World of Water


Customer Service Excellence - Staff over 10: Kal Tire

  • Century 21 Reynard Real Estate

  • The Grace Anne II Yacht & Lodge

  • Kal Tire

  • Keewatin Place

  • Kenora Home Hardware Building Centre

  • RBC Royal Bank

  • Riverview Industries


Aboriginal Business: C & O Minitgaabic Construction

  • C & O Minitgaabic Construction

  • Fort Knoxx Barber & Salon

  • Haney Construction

  • Native American Adventures Guide Service

  • Ryan T Fisher Photography


 Youth Entrepreneur: Shyy Kennedy and Courtney Alcock

  • Alicia Loucks – Pink Dahlia Beauty & Brows

  • Ashley Schuster and Montana Lomnicki – Hoolio & Goober

  • Crystal Leighton – Swurve

  • Jenna Nowak – Zumba with Jenna

  • Kaija Saarinen – Green and Gone Pest Solutions

  • Kailee Matischuk – Posh & Pixie

  • Kyle Chagnon – Print Gear Inc.

  • Lindsey Roehrig – Unfixed

  • Shawn Robertson – Lake of the Woods Barge Service

  • Shyy Kennedy and Courtney Alcock – Buck + Doe Hair & Skin Studio


Entrepreneur / Business Owner / Manager of the Year: Pam Viinikka

  • Dan Holl and Wade Duguay – Casey’s Bar & Grill

  • David Milko – Boardanyone Inc.

  • Jay Barnard – Freshwater Cuisine

  • Larry Yanchishyn and Hailey Yanchishyn – Kenora Home Hardware Building Centre

  • Laura Moore – Image One Designs

  • Lindsey Roehrig – Unfixed / Quesada

  • Marc Novelli – Ristorante Pizzeria Italia

  • Maria Bagdonas – Young Drivers of Canada

  • Michelle Livingston – Island Girl

  • Pam Viinikka – Cornerstone Restaurant & Log Cabin Tavern

  • Peter Scheibler – Carstar Kenora

  • Robert Bell and Lisa Bell – Bell's Lake-Vu Motel & Services Ltd.

  • Robert Emond – REMR Roofing

  • Sherrie Marion – Days Inn Kenora

  • Shyy Kennedy and Courtney Alcock – Buck + Doe Hair & Skin Studio

  • Todd Baker – R & T Tire


Inclusive Employer Excellence: Keewatin Place 

  • Bob’s Burger Bar

  • Casey’s Bar & Grill

  • Keewatin Place

  • McMunn & Yates Building Supplies

  • Olson Honda

  • Piston Ring

  • Tim Hortons

  • Wholesale Club


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