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