Business nomination sign of strong rural economy

Splendor Garden Canadian Organic Spices and Herbs has been a feather in Watson’s business cap for five years now.

For Colleen Haussecker and her staff, they are bringing more accolades to Watson with their recent Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX nomination.

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Not only is Haussecker excited and honoured to be nominated, she is excited to be nominated along with so many other strong Saskatchewan businesses, she says.

Canadian Organic will be up for the Growth and Expansion award, as well as Gravelbourg Mustard, Vortex Plumbing and Heating, Zoom Zoom Groom, Crestline Coach, and A2Z Safety and Training Ltd. with awards being given out during the ABEX awards in Saskatoon on Oct. 20.

Being celebrated in this way with and by your fellow peers is special, she says.

And many peers share the Humboldt area with Haussecker, with a large concentration of Saskatchewan industry right here in this area, she says.

“That says a lot for the people in our area and our communities. It also helps that people are supportive around here of entrepreneurs. They’re willing to give you a try and help you out.”

As well as expanding their Watson based warehouse with a 5,000 square foot addition, Haussecker says they have also been looking at other sale avenues, with 7,000 stores featuring their products and additional buying options online, including Alibaba for Chinese markets, and and

“Those are all things that add to the growth and expansion of what we’re doing here.”

The ABEX awards celebrate successes in Saskatchewan businesses, says the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce website, and have become a symbol of “business excellence in this province.”

The ABEX awards highlight “pivotal business elements of provincial prosperity and are the only business award that honours all private sector enterprises in Saskatchewan regardless of size and economic activity.”

Haussecker would like to thank the surrounding area for their support over the last five years.

“(To) our customers and all the businesses who have supported us over the last five years, we definitely wouldn’t be celebrating this nomination right now without most people.”

Haussecker’s staff also play a big role in the nomination. Without great staff behind her, Haussecker says she would have nothing to celebrate.

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