Pure Sweet Honey - Medicine Hat
Left to right: Sheldon Hill, Stella Sehn and Ron Riemann of BBB
Speak with Stella Sehn about her company and it doesn’t take long to see how she and her husband, Sheldon Hill, have built a loyal following for Sweet Pure Honey. With passion and energy like sun on a prairie wildflower and dedication to quality and community matched only by the bees that produce their honey, these entrepreneurs are a natural for the BBB Award for Business Ethics.
“When you’re running a family business on a family farm, everything begins with ethics,” says Sehn. “And that comes through in everything we do from our all-natural organic product to our hand-packaging to our contribution to our community.”
From raw honey to organic bath and body products through to beeswax candles, Sweet Pure Honey offers its products online and in person through farmers markets throughout southern Alberta. Discerning chefs (like Connie DeSousa at Calgary’s Charcut) also use Sweet Pure Honey in their culinary offerings. But this company, and the family that runs it, goes far beyond its product offering. Sehn very clearly stands for making a difference in the world through entrepreneurship.
When I realized I was a leader, I saw that I could be a role model for women and for entrepreneurs.
“We support women’s charities in our community because I know what it takes for some people to come from nothing and have nothing but a dream,” says Sehn. “Not everyone has the support I have in my family. When I realized I was a leader, I saw that I could be a role model for women and for entrepreneurs and it feels good to be a contribution in the community.”
Sehn’s blog and social media sites have thousands of followers, most of whom she believes are inspired by her honesty and authenticity.
“It’s important to me to be honest about our family and our business and mental illness and all of the challenges we face because other people are facing them too,” she says. “Being transparent lets people know they’re not alone in their struggles and their successes.”
For us being ethical, being a contribution to the community, earning an honest living and having a strong family is success.
And success, says Sehn, goes beyond the bottom line.
“How successful are you if you’re failing in your marriage or as a parent,” she says. “For us being ethical, being a contribution to the community, earning an honest living and having a strong family is success.”
Visit Sweet Pure Honey online at http://www.sweetpurehoney.ca/
Chinner Wealth Management - RBC Dominion: Lethbridge
Left to right: Sylvia Chinner, Dennis Chinner, Jesica Mosby
Trust and communication are the foundation at Chinner Wealth Management – RBC Dominion Securities. With husband and wife team Dennis and Sylvia Chinner and associate Jessica Mosby at the helm, this full service wealth management office thrives on building long-term relationships.
When you’re dealing with peoples’ life savings, you’re dealing with their emotional concerns as well.
“Our clients have to trust us if they’re going to share their sometimes very personal information,” says Dennis Chinner. “When you’re dealing with peoples’ life savings, you’re dealing with their emotional concerns as well. That means their personal challenges and concerns, issues with their children not getting along, sometimes it’s illness or addiction. It all comes into play and trust and communication are crucial in our work.”
Of course, whenever a company is handling their customers’ finances, it is heavily regulated by government and governing bodies like the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. But for Chinner, ethical enterprise is more than just ensuring i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. It’s about relationships with their clients and in their community.
To be acknowledged and recognized for the things you do behind the scenes by the people you work for means a lot.
Chinner Wealth Management supports numerous community organizations building playgrounds, serving on boards of non-profit organization and membership in service clubs. In fact, Dennis is currently serving a term as the President of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge.
Winning the BBB Award for Business Ethics through the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce was special for the firm, particularly because it was nominated by its clients.
“To me that’s more rewarding than anything,” says Chinner. “To be acknowledged and recognized for the things you do behind the scenes by the people you work for means a lot.”
Visit Chinner Wealth Management online at https://profile.rbcwealthmanagement.com/dennis.chinner
CAB-K Broadasting: Olds
Brian Hepp and Melanie Hepp
When it comes to broadcasting in rural Alberta, ethics are a matter of telling ‘em what you’re going to do and then doing it. So say Brian and Melanie Hepp, owners of CAB-K Broadcasting – winner of the BBB Award for Business Ethics through the Olds Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s really very simple,” says Brian. “You want to do what’s right for the listener and for the advertiser and that means following through on your promises and making things right when mistakes are made.”
With three radio stations in Olds and Vegreville, CAB-K’s team of 16 navigate the challenges and the advantages of running a small, independent media outlet.
“We don’t have the resources of the large conglomerates,” says Melanie, “But our successes are our own and we have the freedom to operate in our communities in a way that serves them best.”
While CAB-K is bound by the Canadian Association of Broacasters’ Code of Ethics, Brian says the company takes things one step further.
You can never go wrong by doing the right thing.
“In a small market, you don’t want to ruffle feathers and you want to make sure you have honesty and integrity at all times – otherwise, it will come around on you pretty quickly,” he says.
CAB-K is well known in the region for its contribution to community and its fair dealing with local businesses. Receiving the award was a pat on the back and a reminder of their commitment to ethics.
“You can never go wrong by doing the right thing,” says Brian. “The award was a surprise and an honour and reinforces what we’ve tried to do here with our staff and in our community.”
Listen to 96.5 CKFM in Olds for your country favourites or tune into Rock 104.5 in Olds. CAB-K also recently launched Country 106.5 in Vegreville. Or visit them online.