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Walking through the door the finalists were greeted with a red carpet and smiling Chamber faces. They were then offered an opportunity to get their portraits taken, complimentary. Making their way to the reception, a blue-lit ice sculputure of the crystal award they were all hoping to go home with, shone bright. The 4-foot tall statue, a glistening reminder of the sacrifice and hard work it took them to be considered a finalist, an honour in itself... As bright as it was, moments later it was outshone by a fury of fueled flames surrounding two talented firedancers. Cosmic Co Motion entertained the crowd for the remainder of the reception.
This was the scene at the 29th Annual Business Excellence Awards.
Nearly 400 guests attended the ceremony and dinner, emceed by the lovely and talented Tamara Joel. The evening was photographed by Mr. Alex Hill, a dedicated professional who did a splendid job capturing the evening.
The awards recipients, in order:
1. RISING STAR AWARD: BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery
Sponsored by: Urban Systems
2. SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (4-15 employees): Highstreet Ventures Inc.
Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union
3. MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees): Diversified Rehabilitation Group
Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP
4. SOCIAL ENTERPRENEURSHIP AWARD: Two Hat
Sponsored by: Interior Savings
5. YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD: Rachel Clarida, Hatch Interior Design Inc.
Sponsored by: Kelowna International Airport
6. SUSTAINABILITY AWARD: Evergreen Building Maintenance Inc.
Sponsored by: Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
7. DISTINCTION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARD: Gray Monk Estate Winery & Vineyards
Sponsored by: Tourism Kelowna
8. MARKETER AWARD: Csek Creative.
Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP
9. TECHNOLOGY/INNOVATION AWARD: WTFast
Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan
10. LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees): Sun-Rype Products
Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP
11. BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR: Tony Stewart
Sponsored by: MNP LLP
Thank you to all who attended - and a special thank you to Dan Albas, for an incredible job of tweeting! See Alex's photos here! See our amature photos of the reception here.
See you at the 30th!
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