Access Credit Union and Chabot Implements are vying for top honours in the MBiz Awards.
Both companies are finalists in the Rural Long Term Achievement category of this year’s Manitoba Chambers of Commerce competition.
Chamber president and CEO Chuck Davidson said the awards have been given out for over a decade and finalists are nominated by other Chamber members from across Manitoba.
"The mandate of the competition is to recognize businesses that are making a difference in their communities," he said.
Access Credit Union has 19 branch locations within southern Manitoba, including Oak Bluff and Sanford. Central regional manager Chris Hildebrand said the company’s employees are very excited to be nominated, and gratified to have their work recognized.
She added that Access Credit Union’s mission is to serve their member communities.
"Each branch is unique to its own community," she said.
Chabot Implements is a true family business, with the fourth generation now working for the company. Originally formed 78 years ago by Charlie Chabot in St. Eustache, the farm implement company now also sells lawn and garden equipment, ATVs and snowmobiles at its locations in Elie, Portage la Prairie, Neepawa and Steinbach. Chabot Implements is the oldest Case IH dealer in Manitoba.
Bernie Chabot said he was surprised and honoured to be nominated, especially because of the company’s strong family commitment.
Davidson said winners will be named at a gala event on Oct. 17.