Heritage Chrysler Ltd. emerged as the big winner at the Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 awards gala — big, at least, in terms of business size.
The Lacombe auto dealership was named the city’s Large Business of the Year, topping a field of five finalists that included Canadian University College, Lacombe Trailer Sales and Rentals, Tim-BR Mart and Viking Projects Ltd.
In the Small Business of the Year category, The Nursery Golf and Country Club claimed the 2010 trophy. It was competing against CL Photography, Janssen Energy Technology Inc. and Lacombe Hardwood Detailed Designs.
The 2010 award for Rookie Business of the Year went to Upper Level Street Wear, with The Culinary & Gift Shoppe runner-up. Upper Level Street Wear is owned by Mark Visscher and Brenda Bos, whose other business — Reel To Reel Cinemas — was named the Lacombe chamber’s Large Business of the Year in 2006.
There were three finalists for Not For Profit Registered Society of the Year: the Lacombe Rotary Club, A Better World Canada and the Lacombe Foundation. Lacombe Rotary Club was declared the winner.
Earning recognition as the chamber’s 2010 Farm Family of the Year was R. Rainforth & Sons Ltd. It was chosen over Andrew Dairy, Doef’s Greenhouses Ltd., Harold and Mary Solick, and Springdrive Farms Ltd.
Also honoured at the Friday gala was Lawrence Henderson, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“He’s been very involved in all sorts of community things in town,” explained Murray McRae, the chamber’s second vice-president.