Kelowna Chamber honours top business achievers

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Andrew Blanleil
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The recipients of the nine 2013 Business Excellence Awards were unveiled Wednesday evening at a banquet held to celebrate the annual Business Excellence Awards for 2013.

it had already been announced earlier this month that Andre Blanleil, owner of Andres Electronic Experts, was named the 2013 Business Leader of the Year, an award sponsored by Ian Stuart & Associates.

Other award winners were

New for 2013 – Green Innovator Award – sponsored by Interior Savings Credit Union

Recipient - Campion Marine Inc.

Finalists – GreenStep Solutions Inc., UBC Okanagan

New for 2013 – Hospitality/Tourism Award – sponsored by Tourism Kelowna

Recipient – The View Winery

Finalists – Ancient Hill Winery, Arlo’s Honey Farm

Okanagan Home Magazine Inc. (Justin O’Connor and Christy Hughes) was the recipient of the 2013 Rising Star award sponsored by FortisBC. This award is for companies that have been in business less than three years.

Finalists:  Cheeky Monkey Media, The Hot Box Yoga Kelowna

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by UBC Okanagan

Recipient: Kylie Sutton, Moksha Yoga Kelowna

Finalists: Justin O’Connor of Okanagan Home Magazine Inc., Stephen Writing of StreetText

Community Impact Award sponsored by Urban Systems

Recipient: The Society of Hope

Finalists: Accelerate Okanagan, Metro Community, United Way of the Central & South Okanagan Similkameen

Small Business Award (1 - 10 employees) sponsored by Prospera Credit Union

Recipient: Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc. (Lucas Griffen)

Finalists: Mission Meats, Yeti Farm Creative

Mid-Size Business Award (11 - 30 employees) sponsored by BDO Canada LLP

Recipient: Hydraclean Restoration Services Ltd. (Mark Gotro)

Finalists: Artistech Newmedia Inc., Bouchons Bistro, Prestige Collision

Large Business Award (31+ employees) sponsored by MacKay LLP

Recipient: Wentworth Music (Dale Wentworth)

Finalists: Northside Industries

“We salute those who have recognized a business opportunity, seized it and prospered,” said  Dave Bond, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce president.  “The accomplishments and dedication of all the finalists honoured last evening are impressive and ttheir stories inspire us all.  We are proud of the contributions these exceptional business leaders have made in our community.”

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