Mr. Dick Buchanan of Air-Alta Insurance (Airdrie) Ltd. has been named the recipient of the 2011 Airdrie Business Leader Award. This is the second year for this award, which is part of the Winning Edge Awards program organized by the Airdrie Business Resource Partnership. Air-Alta Insurance has been owned and operated by Mr. Buchanan for 35 years. “Mr. Buchanan has a very long and strong history of commitment to Airdrie, as a professional and community supporter. He is an exceptional leader whose vision encompasses a blend of community service and business excellence that continues to this day." says Mike De Bokx, President of the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the award. The award will be presented to Mr. Buchanan at the Winning Edge Awards during Small Business Week in October.

In addition to this award, finalists in three other award categories have been announced.

The Winning Edge Award is given to a small business (less than 50 employees) that best exhibits outstanding achievement in innovative practices, customer service and growth and actively participates in the community.

This year’s finalists are:
Airdrie Life
Goodmen Roofing
Here’s the Scoop
Smart Automotive and Tire Craft
The Hair Lounge
Sponsored by: Airdrie Business Resource Partnership


The Eco Edge Award is awarded to a business that promotes, takes part and provides leadership in the environmental arena. 2011 finalists are:
Grace Family Dental
Kick it to the Curb Curbside Recycling
Natural e GREEN
Sponsored by: City of Airdrie Environmental Services Board


The Family Friendly Business Award acknowledges a business that demonstrates family friendly practices that support employees’ needs inside and outside of the workplace and/or makes it fun for families to visit. This category’s finalists are:
Bright Explorations Child Development Ltd.
Goodmen Roofing
Grace Family Dental
Grow with Us Retail and Consignment
The Little Gym
Sponsored by: Airdrie National Family Week Steering Committee


Finalists for these awards were chosen based on a number of criteria and all submissions were reviewed by selection committees. Winners will be announced at the Winning Edge Awards Banquet on Friday, October 21, 2011, at Woodside Golf Course during Small Business Week (October 16-22).