Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a deserving business or individual. We are looking forward to receiving all of their submissions.

Please note: multiple nominations for the same category will have no additional “weight” in the selection process.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is honoured to be involved in the celebration of exceptional businesses within our community. Since its inception in 1987, the Business Excellence Awards has presented over 250 awards to businesses in Kelowna and the surrounding area. This program offers finalists and award recipients well-deserved recognition for their accomplishments as well as valuable publicity for their organization.

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The award and overall experience really helped our business to stand out in the community. Winning gave us the opportunity to have 4 minutes of spotlight on just us, in front of 350 business people. It was such a valuable experience. Thank you Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.  

Csek Creative | 2016 Marketer of the Year Recipient

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  1. Each year, award nominations are received for businesses and individuals from across the Okanagan. 
  2. Once nominations close, nominees are provided with a detailed nomination package to complete.
  3. Those who submit completed packages become semi-finalists.
  4. An experienced team of judges review the submissions and determine the finalists. 
  5. A event is held to celebrate all semi-finalists and announce the finalists.
  6. In September, in-person appointments are scheduled for the judges to visit the finalists at their place of business. Following the interviews, the judges convene to determine the recipients.
  7. The Business Excellence Awards ceremony is held in October with over 350 finalists and attendees. Finalist profiles are shared by the award presenters and the recipients are announced that evening. 

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Business Excellence Awards

2018 Award Categories

This year, we modified our Social Impact Award and created two new categories: the Social Leadership Award for businesses and Not-For-Profit Excellence for organizations and societies. We also brought back awards for Technology Innovator of the Year and Micro Business of the Year!

  • Rising Star Business of the Year (less than 3 years in business)
  • Micro Business of the Year (1-3 employees)
  • Small Business of the Year (4-15 employees)
  • Mid-size Business of the Year (16-50 employees)
  • Large Business of the Year (51+ employees)
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Under 40)
  • Business Leader of the Year 
  • Not-For-Profit Excellence Award
  • Social Leadership Award (FP Business) 
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award
  • Technology Innovator of the Year

General Criteria

  1. Business Awards are open to companies, organizations, enterprises and not-for-profits who operate within Central Okanagan. Nominations for individuals will be accepted for Young Entrepreneur. Business Leader nominations will be made by select committee. 
    Board Directors are exempt from submitting Nomination Packages.
  2. Judges are exempt from submitting Nomination Packages.
    Award Sponsors are exempt from submitting within their sponsored category, but eligible in others.
  3. Businesses must be in operation for three (3) years with the exception of the Rising Star and Technology Innovator Categories.
  4. Businesses are eligible for nomination in as many categories as applicable.
  5. Previous year’s Award Recipients are exempt from submitting in the same category for three years following their win, but are eligible for other categories.
  6. Previous year’s Award Finalists may submit in the same category or any other category in consecutive years. 
  7. Considerations for judging will include operation management, financial health, corporate social responsibility, marketing strategies, and HR policies.

Specific Criteria

  1. Rising Star Business of the Year: Less than 3 years in business.
  2. Micro Business of the Year: 1-3 employees*.
  3. Small Business of the Year: 4-15 employees*.
  4. Mid-size Business of the Year: 16-50 employees*.
  5. Large Business of the Year: 51+ employees*.
  6. Young Entrepreneur Award: Under 40 years of age.
  7. Business Leader Award: By nomination committee.
  8. Not-For-Profit Excellence Award: A society or organization that has demonstrated significant social impact within a community.
  9. Social Leadership Award: FP A business that uses innovative and bold solutions to create social impact within the community.
  10. Marketing Campaign of the Year: A business or organization that has successfully executed an integrated marketing campaign which ensures that they "walk the talk" when it comes to the campaign's success.
  11. Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award: A business, organization or particular event that contributes to a vibrant community by celebrating arts, culture and/or heritage.
  12. Technology Innovator of the Year: A business that has shown creativity and innovation in adopting, developing or utilizing new technology to advance their business. Impact on customers/clients and explanation of how the technology will continue to develop or be applied in the future will also be considered.

* 2 Part Time Employees = 1 Full Time Employee

Past Recipients


  • Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award: Rotary Centre for the Arts
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year: CREW Marketing Partners
  • Excellence in Agriculture: BC Tree Fruits Cooperative
  • Rising Star Business of the Year: Current Taxi
  • Young Entrepreneur Award: Andrew Gaucher - GGroup & Catalyst Land Development
  • Social Impact Award: Volinspire
  • Small Business of the Year: Hybrid Elevator Inc.
  • Mid-size Business of the Year: Newcap Radio
  • Large Business of the Year: Northside Industries
  • Business Leader of the Year: Lane Merrifield - Wheelhouse Ventures

Photos of the event  Video Profiles of Finalists



  • Business Leader of the Year Tony Stewart of Quails' Gate Okanagan
  • Social Entrepreneur Award Two Hat Security
  • Distinction in Hospitality & Tourism Award Gray Monk Estate Winery & Vineyards
  • Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees) Highstreet Ventures Inc.
  • Rising Star Business of the Year BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery
  • Marketer of the Year Csek Creative
  • Mid-size Business of the Year (11-50 employees) Diversified Rehabilitation Group
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Rachel Clarida of Hatch Interior Design Inc.
  • Technology/Innovation Award WTFast
  • Large Business of the Year (51+ employees) Sun-Rype Products
  • Sustainability Award Evergreen Building Maintenance Inc.

Photos of the event  Video Profiles of Finalists


  • Business Leader of the Year Theresa Arsenault of Pushor Mitchell LLP
  • Micro Business of the Year (1-3 employees) CareSmart Seniors Consulting 
  • Small Business of the Year (4-15 employees) Bellamy Homes
  • Mid-size Business of the Year (16-50 employees) SK Form & Finish Inc.
  • Large Business of the Year (51+ employees) Emil Anderson Construction
  • Social Enterprise Award Habitat for Humanity
  • Rising Star Business of the Year Cottage Quilting Ltd.
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Adrian Hazzi of Vantage West Realty
  • Sustainability Award Summerhill Pyramid Winery
  • Distinction in Hospitality/Tourism Award Hotel Eldorado
  • Marketer of the Year Martketer Inc.
  • Technology/Innovation Award TELUS

Video profiles of the finalists | Photos of the event