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Sep 13, 2016

2016 Finalists Announced - Business Excellence Awards

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.

Stikshen Inc.

 

Sponsored by: Urban Systems Ltd.

 

SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (1-15 employees)

 

Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd.

Highstreet Ventures

i-sight Optometry

Touchstone Law Group LLP

 

Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union

 

MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees)

 

Associated Property Management

Diversified Rehabilitation Group

Venture Academy

 

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


SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

 

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.

Hiilite

 

Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP

 

TECHNOLOGY/INNOVATION AWARD

 

AAA Internet Publishing Inc. (WTFast)

Cape Communications

Lighthouse Chiropractic

 

Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan

 

LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees)

 

Natures Formulae Health Products Ltd.

Northside Industries

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!