The judges have narrowed down the sixty-two semi-finalists - and determined that thirty finalists will be honoured at this year's Business Excellence Awards, presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP.
The annual gala, in its 29th year and emceed by Kelowna's own Andy & TJ, will be held on October 13th at the Delta Grand Okanagan. This year's theme is Fire & Ice, and the community is invited to attend and support these businesses that have gone through the demanding eight-month process. One business or individual in each of the ten categories will receive the prestigious crystal award, in addition to the 2017 Business Leader of the Year.
The Business Excellence Finalists for 2016:
RISING STAR AWARD
BNA Eatery & Brewery
Intraline Canada Inc.
Sponsored by: Urban Systems Ltd.
SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (1-15 employees)
Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd.
Touchstone Law Group LLP
Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union
MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees)
Associated Property Management
Diversified Rehabilitation Group
Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD
Two Hat/Community Sift
Mamas for Mamas
Urban Matters CCC
Sponsored by: Interior Savings Credit Union
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Rachel Clarida, Hatch Interior Design
William Walczak, Hiilite
Ariele Parker, martketer inc.
Sponsored by: Kelowna International Airport
Ogo Car Share
Evergreen Building Maintenance
Sponsored by: Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
DISTINCTION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARD
Gray Monk Estate Winery
Let's Go Transportation
The Harvest Golf Club
Sponsored by: Tourism Kelowna
MARKETER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Csek Creative + Pulse
Fortune Marketing Inc.
Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP
AAA Internet Publishing Inc. (WTFast)
Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan
LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees)
Natures Formulae Health Products Ltd.
Sun-Rype Products Ltd.
Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP
2016 BUSINESS LEADER
Tony Stewart, Quail's Gate Winery
Sponsored by MNP LLP
Ticket Prices: $125 plus GST. Discounts available on table purchases. All ticket sales will close at 4 pm Oct. 7. Click here to reserve your seats for this popular event!