Maple Ridge entrepreneurs among winners

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by Helen Homer / Special to The TIMES

Maple Ridge residents were among the finalists – and winners – at the 21st annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, held at Douglas College on Oct. 19th, in honour of Small Business Week.

Dan Ruimy – who once attended and taught – at the college sent his greetings from Ottawa via a video message to begin the ceremony.

Two of the finalists competed for the Youth Award, given to entrepreneurs under 35 years of age. Daniel Seifried, one of the finalists, started his company, DS90 Media which specializes in video production for businesses, in 2014.

The winner of this event was Natalie Grant, a young woman who went from volunteering at the SPCA and being a coordinator for the Friday night dog walkers to the owner of “Dirty Dog Adventures”.

Ed Vandenberg was a finalist for the Construction and Manufacturing Award.

His business “Eddy’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication” is a Maple Ridge based company that provides quality welding and fabrication services to industrial and commercial businesses in the agricultural, construction, transportation, manufacturing and forest industries. He also provides mobile services to residential clients.

The last Maple Ridge finalist competed in the High Tech Award Category.  This is the third year in a row he has added a trophy to his collection.  Once again, Lekei was recognized for his computer service business “Help-My-Tech," which he started in 2013.

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