among nominees for Outstanding Business Achievement awards is among several businesses and individuals to be nominated for an Outstanding Business Achievement award as part of the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce "Gems of our Community" program, with a gala ceremony scheduled for Friday March 30, 2012 at the Imperial Theatre. was nominated in the "Innovation" category.

The complete list of Outstanding Business Achievement award nominees includes (nominees in alphabetical order):

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS (award sponsored by NOVA Chemicals): Bluewater Health, McDonald's Restaurants, Paddy O'Flaherty's.

INNOVATION (award sponsored by Bell): Kone Marketing, Lambton College,, Remedy's Rx Bright's Grove Pharmacy.

MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS (award sponsored by Innivity Marketing Group): Bayfest Festival of Performing Arts, Bluewater Beef, Electro-Byte Technologies, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, Sarnia Riding Club.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: (award sponsored by Imperial Theatre): CCI Studios, DeGroot's Nurseries, Fabien Jagoo the Co-operators, Franco Filia the Co-operators.

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE—INDIVIDUAL (award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank): Casey's Creative Kitchens, Kathryn VanZyll CCI Studios, Heather Brown Lapier; CIBC, Sally Vonk; Dante Club, Leigh Krasinkiewicz; Holiday Inn, Geoff Hammond; Homeopathy for Life, Lynn Comeau; Northgate Pharmacy, Richard Kelch; SunLife Financial, Rob Tuer.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR (award sponsored by Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation): Direct Real Estate Investments, Kevin Mitchell; Iafrate Chiropractic and Wellness, Elio Iafrate; On Edge Fitness, Steve Norton; Passingham Insurance, Jay Passingham; Sequoia Landscape, Michael Huard.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP (award sponsored by Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership): Sexual Assault Survivors Centre, Steeves & Rozema Sunripe, The Inn of the Good Shepherd.

ENVIRONMENTAL (award sponsored by University of Western Ontario Research Park, Sarnia-Lambton Campus): Bluewater Power, Goodwill Industries, Sylvester ProScape.

NOT FOR PROFIT (award sponsored by LEHDER): Pathways Health Centre for Children, Sarnia Community Foundation, St. Joseph's Hospice, the Dante Club, Victim Services of Sarnia-Lambton, Wawanosh Enterprises.

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE—LESS THAN FIVE EMPLOYEES (award sponsored by Best Western Guildwood Inn): JAtech Services, Junior Baker, Sewlutions, Squeak E Cleaners, Twin Bridge Lighting, William Standon Company.

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE—MORE THAN FIVE EMPLOYEES (award sponsored by Ontario Power Generation): BDO Canada, Coffee Lodge, Commissionaires Great Lakes, Holiday Inn Sarnia Point Edward, Stoke's Bay Bar & Grill, the Workplace Group.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR—SMALL BUSINESS (award sponsored by CIBC): Advanced Building Materials, Belfor, Brooke Telecom, Feher Machine, HQN Industrial, Hume, Mayer & McDonough LLP, Lambton Scientific, Leadwave Technologies, New England Arbors, Preferred Towing.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR—LARGE BUSINESS (award sponsored by Bluwater Power Distribution Company): CEDA Reactor, Cope Construction, Libro Financial Group, Sarnia Cabinets, Shell Canada, Steeves & Rozema.

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