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Dec 2, 2021

Kelowna Chamber Business Excellence Awards

MEDIA RELEASE
December 2, 2021

 

KELOWNA CHAMBER BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Rock’n Resilience Finalists announced as 45 businesses move forward

 

Kelowna: The 2021 Kelowna Chamber Business Excellence Awards moved into the final judging phase with announcement of 45 Finalists at a virtual event for all nominees and sponsors on Thursday: three finalists in each of 15 categories. A complete list is included here.

Rock’n Resilience is an apt descriptor of our 2021 businesses who are up for the hardware in this most unusual of years,” said Dan Rogers, Executive Director of the Chamber. “We’ve heard and seen remarkable stories of how to adjust to the new economic realities of 2021, and we know our judges will be able to give us even more insight about surviving in the midst of one of the most unusual business years in history. We look forward to our big night in February, even though slightly delayed.”

Business Leader of the Year will be announced in late January 2022 by the independent judging panel.

Nominees totalled 205 for the awards, including:

  • Rising Star Business: 20                       
  • Small Business of the Year: 39
  • Mid-size Business of the Year: 13         
  • Large-size Business of the year: 12
  • Environmental Impact: 17                     
  • Excellence in Agriculture: 8
  • Arts & Entertainment: 9                         
  • Social Leadership: 14
  • Excellence in Business Ethics: 8           
  • Not for Profit: 26
  • Young Entrepreneur: 6
  • Excellence in Tourism: 10
  • Inclusive Workplace:   7
  • Indigenous Business: 9
  • Excellence in Business Ethics: 7

Winners will be announced at a Gala in the second week in February.  The province’s announcement this week on capacity limit increases meant that some reorganization of the event is underway to allow for a major in-person celebration.  More details as to exact date, location, and ticket availability will be announced by the Chamber in the next few weeks.

For more information: Dan Rogers, Executive Director, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce  dan@kelownachamber.org
 

BACKGROUNDER

Finalists: 2021 Kelowna Chamber Business Excellence Awards

Rising Star Business

Sponsor: Argus Properties

Barn Owl Brewing

HUB Office Furniture Inc

Vigilante Marketing

Small Business of the Year

Sponsor: Prospera Credit Union

Modern PURAIR

Potentia Human Resources Inc.

Strut Footwear & Apparel

Mid-size Business of the Year

Sponsor: Canadian Western Bank

Benson Law LLP

Coe & Company Electric Ltd.

Tranq Sleep Care

Large-size Business of the Year

Sponsor: Grant Thornton LLP

Ace Plumbing & Heating (Bricor Mechanical Ltd.)

Cintas Canada Ltd

Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union

Environmental Impact

Sponsor: PARC Retirement Living

Ecora Resource Group Ltd

Miss Tulips Green Dry Cleaner

The Best Western Plus Hotel & Suites

Excellence in Agriculture

Sponsor: TD Benefits Solutions

FloraMaxx Technologies Ltd.

SpearHead Winery

Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Arts & Entertainment

Sponsor: Hergott Law

Festivals Kelowna

New Vintage Theatre

Uptown Rutland Business Association

Not-For-Profit Excellence

Sponsor: BOYD Autobody & Glass

Habitat for Humanity Okanagan

Kelowna Gospel Mission

Meals On Wheels

Indigenous Business of the Year

Sponsor: Pushor Mitchell LLP

Moccasin Trails

Okanagan Select Salmon

Valley West Dental Centre

Social Leadership

Sponsor: Rogers Communications

Crasian Food Truck

Hampton Pools & Landscape

Level Up Strategies

Young Entrepreneur

Sponsor: Secure-Rite Mobile Storage

Crasian Food Truck

Harmony Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic

Vista Academy

Technology Innovator

Sponsor: UBC Okanagan

Acres Enterprises Ltd.

FloraMaxx Technologies Ltd.

The Valens Company

Excellence in Tourism

Sponsor: Edmonton International Airport & Kelowna International Airport

O'Rourke's Peak Cellars

Oyama Zipline Adventure Park

Smile Cycle Tours

 

Inclusive Workplace

Sponsor: RBC

Inspire Property Management Ltd.

TKI Construction Ltd.

Tranq Sleep Care

Excellence in Business Ethics

Sponsor: BBB

Miss Tulips Green Dry Cleaner

Secure-Rite Mobile Storage

TKI Construction Ltd.


BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD SPONSORS INCLUDE:

Presenting Sponsors:

Farris LLP
Interior Savings Credit Union

Diamond Sponsor:
Crowe Mackay LLP

Wine Sponsor:
Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Printing Sponsor:
Wayside Press

Business Leader of the Year:
MNP LLP

Media Partners:
Bell Media
Kelowna Now