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THE Manitoba Chamber of Commerce handed out its MBiz Awards at a gala event Thursday night.

The winners are:

-- D.A. Loewen Electrical, Outstanding Small Business Award. Founded in 1948 and located in Winkler, the company provides agricultural, commercial/industrial and residential electrical services and contracting;

-- EpicC Information Solutions, Outstanding Medium Business Award. The Winnipeg-based information technology company, established in 1995, partners with companies such as HP, IBM and Microsoft to deliver solutions to their customers. It was acquired by MTS earlier this year.

-- HyLife, Outstanding Large Business Award. Formed in 1995 in La Broquerie, the vertically integrated pork-production company now has 1,500 employees and sites across southern and western Manitoba.

-- Manitoba Blue Cross, Long-Term Achievement Business Award-Winnipeg. With a history dating back to 1939, the organization creates and delivers benefits and health-care solutions for clients and customers.

-- Chabot Implements, Long-Term Achievement Business Award-Rural. Started in 1935 by Charlie Chabot, it is the oldest family-owned-and-operated Case IH equipment dealer in Manitoba, now with four locations.

-- David Friesen and Peerless Garments, Lieutenant-Governor Awards for lifetime achievement for an individual and business.

Also Thursday night, the 2013 Prairies EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards were handed out at a Calgary event.

Jean-Pierre Parenty of Winnipeg's Parenty Reitmeier Translation Services won in the professional and financial services category. The firm specializes in technical translation and localization in more than 100 languages for global clients.

Parenty was the only Manitoban to win in the 10 categories announced.

Dale Wishewan of Booster Juice in Edmonton won the 2013 Prairies EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Wishewan grew Booster Juice to 50 locations in just two years -- a Canadian franchising record. Today, the company boasts 300 stores worldwide.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 19, 2013 $sourceSection0

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