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. 

Sean MacMillan | Orthoquest Pedorthics

For sponsorship opportunities, contact our Sales & Business Development Manager.


Nominations

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards had passed. We thank you for your interested and to all of those who helped us recognize excellence in Kelowna business this year with their nominations. Stay tuned to find out the finalists and award winners later this fall!


General 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.

Categories:

  • 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)

Past Recipients

 

2018

  • Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award: New Vintage Theatre Company
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year: SK Form & Finish Inc.
  • Social Leadership Award: Refresh Financial
  • Rising Star Business of the Year: Start Fresh Kitchen
  • Young Entrepreneur Award: Andrew Gaucher - Chris & Addie Pafiolis/Sweetlegs Clothing Inc. 
  • Not-for-Profit Excellence Award: Kelowna Community Resources
  • Small Business of the Year: Faction Projects Inc.
  • Mid-size Business of the Year: Highstreet Ventures Inc.
  • Large Business of the Year: Strategic Aviation Services Ltd.
  • Technology Innovator of the Year: Vitalis Extraction Technology
  • Business Leader of the Year: Dale Wentworth - Wentworth Music

Video Profiles of Finalists

2017

  • Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award: Rotary Centre for the Arts
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year: CREW Marketing Partners
  • Excellence in Agriculture: BC Tree Fruits Cooperative
  • Rising Star Business of the Year: Current Taxi
  • Young Entrepreneur Award: Andrew Gaucher - GGroup & Catalyst Land Development
  • Social Impact Award: Volinspire
  • Small Business of the Year: Hybrid Elevator Inc.
  • Mid-size Business of the Year: Newcap Radio
  • Large Business of the Year: Northside Industries
  • Business Leader of the Year: Lane Merrifield - Wheelhouse Ventures

Video Profiles of Finalists

 

2016

  • Business Leader of the Year: Tony Stewart of Quails' Gate Okanagan
  • Social Entrepreneur Award: Two Hat Security
  • Distinction in Hospitality & Tourism Award: Gray Monk Estate Winery & Vineyards
  • Small Business of the Year: (1-10 employees) Highstreet Ventures Inc.
  • Rising Star Business of the Year: BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery
  • Marketer of the Year: Csek Creative
  • Mid-size Business of the Year: (11-50 employees) Diversified Rehabilitation Group
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Rachel Clarida of Hatch Interior Design Inc.
  • Technology/Innovation Award: WTFast
  • Large Business of the Year: (51+ employees) Sun-Rype Products
  • Sustainability Award: Evergreen Building Maintenance Inc.

Video Profiles of Finalists