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.”