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37th Annual Business Excellence Awards

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About the Awards

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and MNP are proud to present the 37th Annual Business Excellence Awards. The Business Excellence Awards are a high profile, prestigious accomplishment for Greater Vernon businesses and non-profits.

This year the Awards gala will take place on Friday Oct 29, 2021 from the Performing Arts Centre. The winners of these coveted awards will be revealed to an audience of their peers and local dignitaries.

Nominations are open from July 19th - August 23rd. Nominate your favourite businesses and non-profits below in 15 categories.

*All nominees will be eligible for the People's Choice Award voting beginning on Sept 13th.

*Nominees will be made aware of their nomination by August 24th and will be given a nominee questionnaire package. This package will need to be completed to accept the nomination and will be scored by a panel of local business leaders to determine winners.

*Category winners of the previous 2 years are ineligible to win for that specific category.

Thank you Media Sponsors

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Large Business of the Year

Sponsored by: MNP

  • Must have 50+ Employees
  • Must be in business longer than 2 years
  • Must have demonstrated a high level of success through:
    • Customer service
    • Growth and profitability
    • Sales and marketing
    • Innovation
    • Employee satisfaction
    • Community Support

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Medium Business of the Year

Sponsored by Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical

  • Must have between 11-49 employees
  • Must be in business longer than 2 years
  • Must have demonstrated a high level of success through:
    • Customer service
    • Growth and profitability
    • Sales and marketing
    • Innovation
    • Employee satisfaction
    • Community Supporter

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Small Business of the Year

Sponsored by: Community Futures North Okanagan

  • Must have between 1 – 10 employees
  • Must be in business longer than 2 years
  • Must have demonstrated a high level of success through:
    • Customer service
    • Growth and profitability
    • Sales and marketing
    • Innovation
    • Employee satisfaction
    • Community Supporter

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Business Leader of the Year 

Sponsored By: Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan

  • Individual who must be in business more than 5 years
  • Requires a history of business success, excellence and innovation
  • Must demonstrate commitment and passion for their business
  • Considered a leader in the business community
  • Contributes to the community through volunteering or monetary support

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Customer Service Excellence

Sponsored by: Okanagan Spring

  • Must demonstrate a consistently outstanding level of customer service, product support and after sales service
  • Goes above and beyond to meet customer needs
  • Must be in business for longer than two years

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Diversity Excellence

Sponsored by: Kal Tire

Must have undertaken significant change within the last two years, in areas such as:

  • Reviewing or implementing Diversity, Inclusive and/or Equity policies, processes and practices
  • Progressive hiring and on-boarding practises to recruit, retain and develop diversity groups
  • Showcase diversity in customer attraction and marketing diversity
  • Providing training and education in diversity to staff
  • Offering mentorship and/or supporting connections in the community

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Employer of the Year 

Sponsored by: City of Vernon

  • Must be nominated by an employee or group of employees
  • Must demonstrate a fair wage and benefits policy
  • Must promote family and workplace balance
  • Must demonstrate open consistent communications with staff
  • Must be in business for longer than two years
  • Must have a minimum of 10 staff

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New Business of the Year 

Sponsored by: Tolko Industries

  • Must have been in business for less than two years
  • Must have good growth potential
  • Must have taken significant financial risk to develop the business
  • Must demonstrate high quality products or services
  • Must demonstrate excellent customer service

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Non-Profit Excellence 

Sponsored by: Community Foundation North Okanagan

  • This award is presented to the organization that exemplifies excellence and innovation in their programs, projects, and partnerships.
  • Their commitment to growth and expanded programs, as well as service, community involvement, sustainable practices and/or job creation/development.
  • Demonstrates a dedicated focus on achieving their vision and mandate.

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Professional Business of the Year 

Sponsored by: TD Bank

  • Must exemplify professionalism and integrity
  • Outstanding achievement in Customer Service, Market Development and Innovation
  • Must demonstrate community service
  • Must be in business longer than 2 years

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Restaurant of the Year 

Sponsored by: White House Mortgages

  • Must demonstrates excellent customer service
  • Provides high quality and consistency of product
  • Contributed to Community 
  • Employee Relations & Training
  • Innovation within the Industry
  • Must be in business longer than 2 years

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Retail Business of the Year

Sponsored by: Corbett Office Plus

  • Demonstrate providing superior customer service and creativity in reaching target markets
  • Demonstrate a commitment to being involved in the community
  • Have a reputation of excellent product knowledge
  • Demonstrate a commitment to providing quality products
  • Must be in business longer than 2 years

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Tourism Excellence 

Sponsored by: Tourism Vernon

  • Provides and/ or promotes an outstanding visitor experience
  • Actively encourages the growth of Greater Vernon as a destination
  • A positive reputation of integrity and leadership in the industry
  • Must be in business longer than 2 years

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Trades Business of the Year 

Sponsored by: tekmar Control Systems

  • Exhibiting a history of excellence in the area of workplace safety
  • A positive reputation of integrity and leadership within the industry
  • Provides a quality, certified service and actively seeks ways to enhance offerings
  • Excellent client and/or employee relationship
  • Must be in business longer than 2 years

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Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by: Nixon Wenger Lawyers

  • Must have owners below 35 years of age
  • Must demonstrate good growth potential
  • Must demonstrate high-quality products or services
  • Must demonstrate community involvement

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People's Choice Award

All nominees will be eligible for the People's Choice Award sponsored by Total Restoration Services. Voting begins Sept 13th.