The 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). See photos of the event here
To view video of this Year's Categories, click below:
The Business Excellence Finalists for 2014:
Recipient: Mission Creek Orthodontics
Finalist: Wink i Wear Inc.
Sponsored by: FortisBC
Recipient: Kelowna General Hospital Foundation
Finalist: The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society
Sponsored by: Urban Systems Ltd.
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
Recipient: Get in the Loop
Finalist: Juice FM, Vista Radio
Twin Creek Media Inc.
Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP
Recipient: Interior Portable Rentals
Recipient: Border Plumbing, Heating and Air
Finalist: Cellar-Tek Supplies Ltd.
Lyman Lures Manufacturing Ltd.
Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union
Finalist: AAA Internet Publishing Inc. (DBA WTFast)
Building Blocks Educational Daycare.
Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP
Recipient: Waterplay Solutions Corp.
Finalists: Boyd Autobody & Glass
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 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007