Kelowna Chamber announces Business Excellence Award Finalists

The judges have narrowed down the sixty-two semi-finalists -  and determined that Thirty finalists will be honoured at this year's Business Excellence Awards, presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP.  
 
The annual gala is in it's 29th year, Emceed by Kelowna's own Andy & TJ, will be held on October 13th at the Delta Grand Okanagan. This year's theme is Fire & Ice, and the community is invited to attend and support these businesses that have gone through the demanding eight-month process.  One business or individual in each of the ten categories will receive the prestigious crystal award, in addition to the 2017 Business Leader of the Year.
 
The Business Excellence Finalists for 2016:

 RISING STAR AWARD

  • BNA Eatery & Brewery
  • Intraline Canada Inc.
  • Stikshen Inc.
Sponsored by: Urban Systems Ltd.
 

 SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (1-15 employees)

  • Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd.
  • Highstreet Ventures
  • i-sight Optometry
  • Touchstone Law Group LLP
Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union
 

MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees)

  • Associated Property Management
  • Diversified Rehabilitation Group
  • Venture Academy
Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP
 

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD

  • Two Hat/Community Sift 
  • Mamas for Mamas
  • Urban Matters CCC

Sponsored by:  Interior Savings Credit Union

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

  • Rachel Clarida, Hatch Interior Design 
  • William Walczak, Hiilite
  • Ariele Parker, martketer inc.

Sponsored by: Kelowna International Airport

 
SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
 
  • Ogo Car Share 
  • Evergreen Building Maintenance
Sponsored by: Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
 

DISTINCTION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARD

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery
  • Let's Go Transportation
  • The Harvest Golf Club
Sponsored by: Tourism Kelowna

MARKETER OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Csek Creative + Pulse
  • Fortune Marketing Inc.
  • Hiilite
Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP
 

TECHNOLOGY/INNOVATION AWARD

  • AAA Internet Publishing Inc. (WTFast)
  • Cape Communications
  • Lighthouse Chiropractic
Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan
 

LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees)

  • Natures Formulae Health Products Ltd.
  • Northside Industries
  • Sun-Rype Products Ltd.
Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP
 
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
The recipient of the prestigious Business Leader of the Year award sponsored by MNP LLP will be released in a statement one week preceding the Awards ceremony.
 
Ticket Prices: Early bird price $105.00 plus GST in effect until 4 pm, September 23rd. Ticket cost will then increase to regular price of $125 plus GST.  Discounts are also available on table purchases. All ticket sales will close at 4 pm Oct. 7.  Click here to reserve your seats for this popular event!
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Media contact:
 
Allison Conroy
Event & Communication Manager
Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
 Direct line 250 469-7351
 
About the Business Excellence Awards
The Business Excellence Awards program celebrates successful businesses in the Okanagan based off of submissions received from nominated businesses. The awards are broken down into category and the finalists are profiled during the Awards Ceremony. 
 
The panel of judges is a group of diverse individuals made up of business-minded leaders within our community with a passion to serve. As the final step before they reach their unanimous decisions, they will make a personal visit to each finalist's place of business. 
 
Since their birth in 1987 the awards continue to bring valuable publicity and a sense of pride to the finalists and recipients, as well as the employees of the organizations.