Kelowna business excellence celebrated

Thirty finalists will be honoured at this year's Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 13.

The judges have narrowed down the sixty-two semi-finalists and determined that 30 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 is in its 29th year, hosted by local radio personalities Andy & TJ, will be held Oct. 13 at the Delta Grand Okanagan.

This year’s theme is ‘Fire & Ice.’  One business or individual in each of the 10 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.

ponsored 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

 

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR

The recipient of the prestigious Business Leader of the Year award sponsored by MNP LLP will be publically revealed one week preceding the awards ceremony.

Tickets are now on sale until Oct. 7, 4 p.m.