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Business Excellence Awards

Business Excellence AwardsThe Business Excellence Awards have been celebrating outstanding success in Kelowna since 1987.

Each year, nominations are received for the business and individual awards. The nominees fill in a detailed nomination form that is then reviewed by an experienced group of judges. The group of finalists are selected based on the information contained in the nomination package. The finalists are then visited in person by the judges in September. The finalists are profiled during the Business Excellence Awards ceremony during Small Business Week in October and the recipients are announced that evening.

Both the finalists and the award recipients receive valuable publicity before, during and after the event. The employees of these companies also feel a sense of pride in their employer.

Twenty-five finalists were honoured at the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards on October 21st at the Coast Capri Hotel where ten category recipients were announced, along with the Business Leader of the Year recipient. Presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Platinum Sponsors the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, the popular Kelowna event is part of the annual Small Business Week® activities (October 20-25, 2014).

To view video of this Year's Categories, click below:

 1. Rising Star Business of the Year            6. Young Entrepreneur of the Year
 2. Small Business of the Year 7. Business Leader of the Year 
 3. Mid-Size Business of the Year 8. Eco-Star Innovation Award
 4. Large Business of the Year 9. Distinction in Hospitality & Tourism Award 
 5. Community Impact Award    10. Marketer of the Year

The Business Excellence Finalists for 2014:

RISING STAR AWARD

Recipient: Mission Creek Orthodontics

Finalist: Wink  i Wear Inc.

Sponsored by: FortisBC

COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD

Recipient: Kelowna General Hospital Foundation

Finalist: The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society

Sponsored by: Urban Systems Ltd. 

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Recipient: Guiseppe Simpatico, GoodSir Creative Inc.

Finalists: Dr. Derek Pollard, Mission Creek Orthodontics

              David Veldhoen, Shorestone Homes Ltd

Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan

ECO-STAR INNOVATION AWARD

Recipient: GreenStep Solutions Inc.

Finalist: Okanagan Car Share Co-op

Sponsored by: Interior Savings Credit Union

DISTINCTION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARD

Recipient: Wells Gray Tours Ltd.

Finalist: Okanagan Wine Country Tours

             WildPlay Element Parks

            Sponsored by:
Tourism Kelowna

MARKETER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Recipient: Get in the Loop

Finalist: Juice FM, Vista Radio

            Twin Creek Media Inc.

            Sponsored by:
Pushor Mitchell LLP

 SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (1-10 employees)

Recipient: Interior Portable Rentals

Finalist: Cellar-Tek Supplies Ltd.
 
             Lyman Lures Manufacturing Ltd.

            Sponsored by:
Prospera Credit Union

MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (11-30 employees)

Recipient: Border Plumbing, Heating and Air

Finalist: AAA Internet Publishing Inc. (DBA WTFast)

            Building Blocks Educational Daycare.


Sponsored by:
BDO Canada LLP

 LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (31+ employees)

Recipient: Waterplay Solutions Corp.
    
Finalists: Boyd Autobody & Glass
              Northside Industries
              SW Audio + Visual

Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP

 BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR    Sponsored by: Ian Stuart & Associates

Mike Jacobs, fourth generation leader of the family owned Emil Anderson Construction.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Caroline Miller at 250-469-7358 or by email.

Below are some of the past recipients of the Business Excellence Awards:

2012 | 201120102009 | 2008 | 2007

2013

Business Leader of the Year Andre Blanleil of Andres Electronic Experts
Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees) Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc.
Mid-size Business of the Year (11-30 employees) Hydraclean Restoration Services Ltd.
Large Business of the Year (31+ employees) Wentworth Music
Community Impact Award of the Year The Society of Hope
Rising Star Business of the Year Okanagan Home Magazine
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Kylie Sutton of Moksha Yoga Kelowna
Green Innovator Award Campion Marine Inc.
Hospitality/Tourism Award The View Winery

2012

   Business Leader of the Year  Nancy Cameron of Tourism Kelowna
 Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees)  Leone Industries
 Mid-size Business of the Year (11-30 employees)  Vineyard Networks
 Large Business of the Year (31+ employees)  JDS Energy & Mining Inc.
 Community Impact Award of the Year  Kelowna Community Food Bank
 Rising Star Business of the Year  Rock House of Design Inc.
 Young Entrepreneur of the Year  CJ Wilkens of Optic Signs & Marketing Inc.

2011

2011 Business Excellence Awards
Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees) Total Office
Mid-size Business of the Year (11-30 employees) Barefoot Venus
Large Business of the Year (31+ employees) OK Environmental Waste Systems
Community Impact Award of the Year Big Brothers Big Sisters 
Business Leader of the Year Barry Meckler, Interior Savings 
Rising Star Business of the Year Poppadoms – Taste India! 
Young Entrepreneur of the Year n/a

2010

2010 Business Excellence Awards
Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees) Print Three
Mid-size Business of the Year (11-30 employees) ASDAC C.N.C. Machining Ltd.
Large Business of the Year (31+ employees) Grant Thornton LLP 
Community Impact Award of the Year The John Howard Society
Business Leader of the Year Bruce Hamilton, Kelowna Rockets
Rising Star Business of the Year Prosper Media Group Inc.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Aaron Young, Strategic Aviation Services Ltd.

2009

Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees) Modern Pur Air
Mid-size Business of the Year (11-30 employees) JDS Energy & Mining 
Large Business of the Year (31+ employees) CTQ Consultants Ltd. 
Community Impact Award of the Year Kelowna Art Gallery 
Business Leader of the Year Robert Fine, COEDC 
Rising Star Business of the Year Kelowna Regional Fertility Centre 
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Todd & Mark Regier, Prestige Collision

2008

Biz Award 1 (1-5 employees) Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market 
Biz Award 2 (6-20 employees) Kitchenhaus Cabinets Ltd.
Biz Award 3 (21-40 employees) Rackforce Networks Inc.
Biz Award 4 (40+ employees) Formashape 
Business Leader of the Year Roger Sellick
Rising Star Wildwood Media Ltd.
Young Entrepreneur Renee Wasylyk, Troika Developments

2007

Biz Award 1 (1-5 employees) Wildflower Trails and Wine Tours Ltd.
Biz Award 2 (6-20 employees) Kelowna Electroplating Ltd.
Biz Award 3 (21-40 employees) Acro Media Inc. 
Biz Award 4 (40+ employees) Benson Edwards LLP 
Business Leader of the Year Barry Lapointe
Rising Star Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc. 
Young Entrepreneur Nathan Flavel, Kelowna Actors Studio