Lloyd Co-op named top business by chamber

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October 28, 2014 9:01 AM

Lloydminster and District Co-op CEO Don Stephenson received the award for Business of the Year from the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce president Chris Parsons. - Christopher W. Brown Photo

The Lloydminster and District Co-op was named top business in Lloydminster by the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce last week.
Don Stephenson, Co-op CEO, said that while it was a shock to win the award, it capped off a great year for the organization.

“Not only with celebrating our 100th, but having completed one of the most massive expansions in our history,” he said. “Getting this award on top of the growth that has occurred over the last year, and along with our 100th, makes us all here at the Co-op proud of the honour (of business of the year.)”

Stephenson said that this award isn’t stopping the celebrations of the 100th year of operations.

“We have had a number of centennial events throughout the year. We have had a seniors’ event, a family event, we had our corporate golf tournament, and then we have a wrap up with Gordon Lightfoot on Nov. 5,” he said.

“Getting this award tossed into the mix was certainly unexpected.”
What makes it most unexpected was the Lloydminster and District Co-op was named business of the year not too long ago.

“We were given this award back in 2010, and to be the recipient again, we are just excited to hold the honour once more,” he said.
With a great year behind them, Stephenson said that the Co-op isn’t done moving forward quite yet.

“We will always try and find ways for growth and expansions in the years to come.”

Chris Parsons, president of the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce, said that with the celebration that has surrounded Lloydminster and District Co-op, the award for best business was a perfect fit for the century old company.

“They are a definite standout, the way that the process worked was that the company was selected out of the companies that were nominated throughout the evening,” he said.

“Every nomination certainly deserved the nomination, but with what the Co-op has done with their 100 years in operation and the most aggressive expansion in their history, they were a standout.”

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