Tom Huehn of 400 Auto Wreckers and Laurie McDonald,
President, East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce.
Kettleby, Ontario — July 13, 2012 — When you give to the community, it often gives back. For Tom Huehn and the staff of 400 Auto Wreckers, recognition came in the form of an award for Small Business of the Year in the York Region. The award was presented on June 11 at The Manor in Kettleby, Ontario during the Colossal Chamber Connection Event, organized by ten York Region Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce.
Over 500 business people attended to network, enjoy refreshments and cheer on the nominees for the inaugural York Region Business Excellence Awards. Two awards were given out, one for small business and the other for large business.
Participating boards and chambers submitted two of their 2011 business excellence award recipients for the region-wide honour. An independent team of volunteers reviewed the nominations and determined the recipients.
400 Auto Wreckers was named the York Region Small Business of the Year. In 2011 they received the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Success Award for Environmental Leadership for recycling tons of material and fluids that would clog landfills and pollute the environment.
“I believe they gave us this award because of the community outreach that we do. We have fundraising efforts through OARA. our own literacy program for children and environmental achievements,” says Tom Huehn of 400 Auto Wreckers. “It’s a great honour for us to have received this since it is the first time that the award has been issued in the York region.”
“The inaugural York Region Business Excellence Awards are a great way to recognize the achievements of exceptional businesses and their contributions to our community,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “I congratulate the winners announced today and I commend the York Region Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce for working together to create this important new award.”
York Region boards of trade and chambers of commerce represent over 7500 member businesses. Each organization recognizes business excellence at the local level with annual awards in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Innovation, or Environmental Leadership.
The East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the participating Chambers and Boards of Trade – Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Bradford Board of Trade, Georgina Chamber of Commerce, King Chamber of Commerce, Markham Board of Trade, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce and Whitchurch Stouffville Chamber of Commerce.