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Business Excellence Awards

Nominations for this years awards are now closed. Be sure to attend the event to find out the winners!

This Year's Categories Include:

 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

 

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.

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