We're honoured to help celebrate exceptional businesses within our community. Since 1987, our 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.
In 2018 we were nominated for Small Business of the Year. We were introduced to 300+ members of the Chamber at the awards ceremony and our presence was greatly elevated to the general public. The experience turned out to be a great promotional tool for us.
The time has come to nominate a deserving Kelowna area business for a 2019 Business Excellence Award!
Business Awards are open to companies, organizations, enterprises and not-for-profits within the Central Okanagan. You may nominate yourself or another business/organization/individual based on the following criteria:
Nominations for individuals will be accepted for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Business Leader of the Year nominations will be made by a select committee.
Businesses must be in operation for three (3) years with the exception of the Rising Star Category.
Businesses are eligible for nomination in as many categories as applicable.
Past years award recipients may not be nominated in the same category for one year following their win, but are eligible for other categories.
Past years award finalists may be nominated in the same category or any other category in consecutive years.
Considerations for judging will include operation management, financial health, corporate social responsibility, marketing strategies, and HR policies.
Rising Star Business of the Year - A new business that has been in operation for less than 3 years and is not a franchisee.
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 - An entrepreneurial individual, aged 40 or under who has been in business for at least 3 years, demonstrating exceptional leadership.
Not-for-Profit Excellence Award - A not-for-profit organization that has demonstrated significant excellence in the past year.
Social Leadership Award (for-profit business) - A business, society or organization that has demonstrated significant social leadership within the community.
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.
Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award - An individual, business, organization or a particular event that contributes to a vibrant community by celebrating arts, culture and/or heritage.
Technology Innovator of the Year - An individual, business, organization or a particular event that achieved a significant technological innovation.
Excellence in Tourism Award - A business that has consistently delivered a top quality product/service that has enhanced tourism/hospitality locally and provincially
Business Leader of the Year - An individual displaying outstanding leadership in the business community. (nominated via committee)
Deadline for nominations: Friday July 26 - 4:00 p.m.