Honouring small busi­nesses

C&C En­ter­prises re­ceives life­time achieve­ment award

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Table Talk - BY BRYAN TAIT bryan.tait@tc.tc BY BRYAN TAIT bryan.tait@tc.tc

Four Port aux Basques busi­nesses were hon­oured for their achieve­ments at a gala din­ner on Oct. 20.

The awards were the cap­per on Small Busi­ness Week, cel­e­brat­ing the en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit on the south­west coast.

Awards are nor­mally pre­sented in four cat­e­gories, based on the num­ber of years a busi­ness has been in op­er­a­tion: one to three years, three to five years, five to 15 years and life­time achieve­ment.

No busi­nesses were nom­i­nated in the three to five cat­e­gory, so two awards were pre­sented in the one to three cat­e­gory.

The first was Feet First, which opened in Jan­uary 2015.

Ar­lene Sea­ward’s podol­ogy clinic has grown from just seven clients in the be­gin­ning to book­ing three months in ad­vance by this past spring. She’s also ac­com­plished her goal of hav­ing a 50-50 split in her clien­tele be­tween men and women.

The other award in the one to three year cat­e­gory went to First Choice Con­ve­nience.

The store has changed hands a num­ber of times over the years, and this award was pre­sented to Jeanette Tobin.

The store sup­ports a num­ber of com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing Port aux Basques Mi­nor Hockey and Autism In­volves Me.

The five to 15 award was pre­sented to But­ter­fly Book Bou­tique. Owner Va­lerie Par­sons was un­able to at­tend the gala.

The life­time award went to C&C En­ter­prises, which be­gan in 1990 with a dump truck and a loader. Over the last 26 years, the com­pany has grown to in­clude freight de­liv­ery, au­to­mo­tive re­pairs, cus­tom signs and Mary Brown’s lo­ca­tions.

Other nom­i­nees this year in­cluded Ho­tel Port aux Basques, Wood­ward Mo­tors, The Gulf News, Grant Mo­tors, Or­ganic Tan, Har­bour Restau­rant and Shu­damunks Ad­ven­ture Tours.

For the first time, the Ocean­view Se­niors Club in Co­droy cel­e­brated its an­niver­sary.

Thirty-three years ago, the club opened its doors to se­niors in the Co­droy Val­ley.

John O’Quinn is the longest­serv­ing mem­ber of the club, join­ing on day one.

He said the club started out in a two-story house and slowly grew into its cur­rent form.

When the club opened, O’Quinn said there were only five or six mem­bers.

“We grad­u­ally picked up a few more mem­bers and we started to build a piece on, and build a piece on,” he said.

The club’s el­dest male and fe­male mem­bers, Ed­ward Ryan and Vera Hardy, cut the cake af­ter a meal pre­pared in the club’s newly ex­panded kitchen.

The kitchen ex­pan­sion was the sec­ond part of the day’s cel­e­bra­tion.

The project was re­cently com­pleted thanks to $25,000 in gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

Long Range Moun­tains MP Gudie Hutch­ings was the guest speaker for the af­ter­noon. Hutch­ings had an­nounced the fund­ing back in April. The money came from the New Hori­zons pro­gram and was part of $350,000 handed out to 20 se­niors or­ga­ni­za­tions in Hutch­ings’ rid­ing.

The club needed to ex­pand the kitchen with big­ger crowds com­ing to the club for events.

“The kitchen is be­com­ing less ac­com­mo­dat­ing, es­pe­cially for se­niors,” club pres­i­dent Calvin War­ren said when the fund­ing was an­nounced.

BRYAN TAIT/TC ME­DIA

San­dra Allen from C&C En­ter­prises, cen­tre, ac­cepted the life­time achieve­ment award from Randi Alexan­der, left and Margie MacDon­ald.

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