Chamber to recognize Westside businesses

The Westbank and District Chamber of Commerce will award local businesses on May 12 at its 11th annual Key Business Awards.

For businesses, good news can be hard to come by in this current economic climate.

The Westbank and District Chamber of Commerce will give out some of that rare good news on May 12 at its 11th annual Key Business Awards.

The chamber is still accepting nominations for the 2012 awards ceremony, which will honour Westside businesses.

“It’s been a challenging year for all businesses,” said Craig Brown, president of the Westbank and District Chamber of Commerce.

“I think anybody who puts in (a) nomination is hoping to get (a) positive message out.”

Brown said that the event is good for the spirit of the business community in West Kelowna.

“We’ve worked hard, made our achievements and this is a way of recognizing it through the chamber,” said Brown.

“I think it’s a good, positive message to the business community.”

On April 17, the chamber will host a finalist reception at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery.

The Key Business Awards Gala will take place on May 12—the venue has yet to be determined.

Awards will be given in several different categories including: Arts and Cultural Improvement, Tourism Development, Business Beautification, Community Social Development, Aboriginal, Home Based Business, New Business, Young Entrepreneur, Small Business, Large Business, Business Person of the Year, Platinum Service Provider and Green Award.

Brown mentioned that the Green Award is brand new this year and aims to recognize organizations in West Kelowna that successfully implement environmentally sustainable practices in their businesses.

The chamber also made a slight alteration to its former Citizen of the Year category, changing it to Business Person of the Year. Brown noted that this change was made to make the awards more focused on business.

“We really raised the bar, in my opinion, when it comes to the awards, the speakers and the whole ceremony behind it. It’s going to be a fabulous event for our members and businesses alike.”