The Lacombe Chamber of Commerce held their annual business of the year awards on Saturday.

Dancers Edge Studio who has grown from 80 students and 8 staff members to 350 students and 14 staff members after just 4 years in Lacombe, won the award for Large Business of the year.

Owner Heather Buelow says when she first started she had no idea her business would take off the way it has.

Buelow says the award wouldn’t have been possible without her great staff that is like family to her.

First year business Blindman Brewing won small business of the year and Co-Owner Hans Doef says it’s their goal of educating people and trying new things that sets them apart from other micro-breweries.

Along with businesses, hardworking hometown volunteers were recognized for their impact on our community.

Corey Gish won Citizen of the Year having donated financially to 9 different local organizations, and volunteering for several others over the years.

Gish says she was honoured to be recognized for her hard work, but she isn’t the only one trying to make the community better.

Long-time Food Bank Manager Millie Snow won the Lifetime Achievement Award, Sue Sage won People’s Choice for Customer Service, Mother Goose Play School won Not-for-profit of the year, and Landmark Feeders won the Farm Family Award.