The Battlefords Chamber of Commerce's 112th annual President's Banquet was an opportunity both to award and promote local business success.
During the event, held Jan. 23 at the Dekker Centre, the Chamber's incoming president Terry Caldwell was inducted, while outgoing president Warren Williams was recognized for his contributions while he served in the role.
Caldwell gave a heartfelt speech saying if the Battlefords community were able to reduce crime and improve its reputation, it would have a greater opportunity to reach its potential.
He said the city and town have been successful in attracting businesses to locate here, however there is more work to be done.
"We need to address the real cost of crime and to engage the business community in an unprecedented manner," said Caldwell.
He proposed forming an alliance of community partners to try to address the issue.
"We are all in this together," added Caldwell.
Guest speaker for the evening, Billy Coles, president and CEO of BCP Group of Companies and CCR Hospitality, who is involved in the new Comfort Inn and Suites hotel build in North Battleford, spoke to guests about why he chose the Battlefords to invest and set up his business.
He also discussed why he believes more businesses should also invest in the local area to help it grow into the future.
"My focus was why I believe in North Battleford," Coles said. "Not only believing, but taking ownership in that, and then doing something about that to make our community better."
Also during the evening, a number of awards were handed out.
Among the recipients was Jean Garrett, whose family owns Jeans & Joggers. She received an award as a representative for the business which has been continually in business in the Battlefords the longest.
About 125 people in total attended the President's Banquet event, which is on par with prior years’ numbers.
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