Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce announces business of the year winners

All finalists ‘displayed courage’ this year, says chamber CEO

Five years ago, Troubled Monk brewery had the capacity to produce 60 barrels of beer.

Today, the Red Deer business has the ability to turn out 600 barrels of beer.

Such extraordinary growth was recognized Wednesday night, when Troubled Monk won the business of the year award in the 21 or more employees category at the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce’s 37th annual awards.

Brewery president Charlie Bredo credits Troubled Monk’s success to not only its beverages, but the experiences it creates, such as “giving our awesome customers a comfortable and eclectic taproom they can drink at.”

Chamber CEO Rick More praised all of the finalists ahead of Wednesday night’s ceremony.

“These finalists have displayed courage and their ability to adapt to what has been a challenging seven months,” More said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tonight we have shown that through all of this, we can come to some sense of normalcy.

“This chamber has been inspired by our members who continue to showcase the importance of small business in community involvement and employment to our citizens.”

KCB Cabinets & Renovations was the winner in the one to 10 employees category, while Stride Physiotherapy and Wellness was recognized among finalists with 11 to 20 employees.

Sol Invictus Energy won in the young entrepreneur category. The Lending Cupboard received this year’s best non-profit award.

The chamber celebrates and recognizes local businesses during Small Business Week every year, said More.

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