Twenty-five finalists will be honoured at the 26th annual Business Excellence Awards taking place Oct. 23 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort and Conference Centre where eight category recipients will be announced, along with the Business Leader of the Year recipient.
Presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Platinum Sponsors the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, the popular Kelowna business community event is part of the annual Small Business Week activities that take place locally from Oct. 20 to 26.
“As we celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Business Excellence Awards and recognize this talented group of entrepreneurs, we are impressed with the depth and breadth of Kelowna’s dynamic business community,” says Caroline Grover, CEO for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. “We are equally inspired by the innovation and tenacity demonstrated by the finalists and their companies.”
The Business Excellence Awards program celebrates achievement in our business community with finalists in each category selected from a wide group of nominations. The panel of judges visits all of the finalists and will judge them on the growth and development of their business, customer service, employee relations and community service.
Nominated businesses must have been operating for longer than three years (with the exception of the Rising Star Award) and have a letter from their accountant confirming that they are financially sound.
“It is important for us to recognize our business leaders for their successes and innovations,” says Dominic Petraroia, managing partner of Farris’ Kelowna office. “Each of the finalists represents a unique accomplishment that has helped to strengthen the local economy and enrich our community. Congratulations to all of the finalists and we celebrate their achievement.”
The Business Excellence Finalists for 2013:
RISING STAR AWARD (in business less than 3 years)
Cheeky Monkey Media
The Hot Box Yoga Kelowna
Okanagan Home Magazine Inc.
Sponsored by: FortisBC
SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (1-10 employees)
Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc.
Yeti Farm Creative
Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union
MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (11-30 employees)
Artistech Newmedia Inc.
Hydraclean Restoration Services Ltd.
Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP
LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (31+ employees)
Sponsored by: MacKay LLP
COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD
The Society of Hope
United Way of the Central and South Okanagan Similkameen
Sponsored by: Urban Systems Ltd.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Justin O’Connor, Okanagan Home Magazine Inc.
Kylie Sutton, Moksha Yoga Kelowna
Stephen Whiting, StreetText
Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan
GREEN INNOVATOR AWARD
Campion Marine Inc.
GreenStep Solutions Inc.
Sponsored by: Interior Savings Credit Union
Ancient Hill Estate Winery
Arlo’s Honey Farm
The View Winery
Sponsored by: Tourism Kelowna
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
The recipient of the prestigious Business Leader of the Year award sponsored by Ian Stuart & Associates will be announced prior to the Awards dinner.