Routine Inc., a beauty, cosmetic and personal care company, is Calgary’s Small Business of the Year.
The award was presented by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce at the recent Small Business Week Awards Gala.
The company founded by sisters Pippa and Neige Blair creates natural body products.
“There is nothing small about small business in Calgary,” said Sandip Lalli, president and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, in a news release. “They are the engine that drives the growth of our economy and play a central role in creating vibrant and prosperous communities.
“Routine represents the grit, determination and entrepreneurial spirit of Calgary’s business community. We congratulate them, and all our finalists, for their contribution to creating a vibrant business community in Calgary.”
In 2018, almost 95 per cent of all businesses in Calgary were classified as small. And between 2013 and 2017, Alberta’s small businesses created more jobs than medium or large enterprises, with a 132.5 per cent increase in employment, said the Chamber.
“ATB is thrilled to recognize Routine Inc. and the entrepreneurial spirit that led Pippa and Neige to bring their Calgary-made products to consumers around the world,” said Curtis Stange, president and CEO of ATB Financial.
“At ATB, we know entrepreneurs are at the heart of our provincial economy and we’re committed to supporting Alberta’s dreamers, doers and risk-takers. Congratulations to Routine Inc. and to all of the businesses being honoured for demonstrating that Alberta is a hub for talent, innovation and determination.”
The Chamber also announced the winners of the following categories:
- BDC Emerging Growth Award: Doodle Dogs
- KPMG People’s Choice Award: Redbloom Salon
- Social Entrepreneurship Award: Mealshare Aide Society
- Innovation Award: Helcim
- Company Culture Award: Hedkandi Salon
- TD Diversity and Inclusion Award: Eco-Fitt Corp.
- BBB Ethical Business Award: Power Properties Ltd.