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Sep 13, 2017
Business Excellence Finalists Announced
KELOWNA, - Twenty-seven finalists will be honoured at the 30th Annual Business Excellence Awards on October 12th at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort. The finalists are competing to take home 9 awards in their respective categories. Business Leader of the Year will also be "crowned", for a total of 10 trophies handed out throughout the evening. The event, presented by Platinum Sponsors the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, promises to be the Kelowna Chamber's best one yet.
Upon reviewing their Business Excellence Awards Program leading up to the roll out of the 30th anniversary, the Kelowna Chamber decided it was time to rotate their sector-specific awards. "With such a diverse industry here, we felt it was time to shine a light on some of the other well-deserving sectors that are helping to place Kelowna on the map," advised Dan Rogers, Executive Director of the Kelowna Chamber.
"We were pleased to see businesses applying that have not participated in the past, perhaps because they believed they didn't fit into the previous categories".
The shift in the program proved to be successful in garnering new interest from hopeful businesses, with a total of 162 nominations received and over half of those completing the packages to enter the competition.
After a grueling adjudication process, the 8 independent judges shortlisted the 81 applicants to their 27 finalists.
All of the finalists will be profiled on October 12th, at the Chamber's largest event of the year, taking place from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend, but tickets must be purchased in advance.
The Business Excellence Finalists for 2017:
RISING STAR AWARD
• Current Taxi
• Flask Social House - FSH
Sponsored by: Urban Systems Ltd.
SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (1-15 employees)
• Hybrid Elevator
• Okanagan Wine Country Tours
• Prime Physiotherapy
Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union
MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees)
• Lakeside Medicine Centre
• Mission Group
• NewCap Radio
Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP
SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD
• The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society
• CRIS Adaptive Adventures
Sponsored by: Interior Savings Credit Union
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
• Andrew Gaucher, GGroup Land Development
• Meagan Hughes, Cottage Quilting
• Jared Lee & Devon Murray, Central Kitchen + Bar
Sponsored by: Kelowna International Airport - YLW
EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURE AWARD
• BC Tree Fruits
• Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm
• Old Meadows Organic Farm
Sponsored by: TBD
MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD
• McKinley Beach
• Okanagan Basin Water Board
Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
• Ballet Kelowna
• Rotary Centre for the Arts
• Wentworth Music
Sponsored by: Hergott Law
LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees)
• Chances Kelowna
• Northside Industries
• Rona Home & Garden Kelowna
Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
The recipient of the prestigious Business Leader of the Year award sponsored by MNP LLP will be announced prior to the Awards dinner.
Ticket Prices: Early bird price $125.00 plus GST - available only until 11:59 pm on October 1st. Following that date, ticket prices will increase. Ticket sales will close at 4 pm on October 6. Click here
to reserve your seats for this popular event!