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37th Annual Business Excellence Awards

*Performing Arts Theatre is following all COVID protocols. In-person event will require proof of vaccination (2 doses).

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 Theatre. The winners of these coveted awards will be revealed to an audience of their peers and local dignitaries.

*All nominees are listed in their categories below.

*389 nominations were received between the nomination period of July 19 - Aug 23rd. All nominees were given a nominee questionnaire to complete and return to accept their nomination and determine eligibility. A panel of judges scored the returned questionnaires and deliberated to determine winners.

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

Nominee Are Listed In Categories Below

Select category name to view nominees and criteria.

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

2021 NOMINEES

Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical

Okanagan Spring Brewery

Superstore Vernon

SilverStar Mountain Resort

tekmar Control Systems

Tolko Industries

Value Village Vernon

Wayside

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

2021 NOMINEES

Bannister Honda

BlueSky Organics

COBS Bread Bakery 

Farm Bound

Intermezzo Restaurant & Wine Cellar

Iron Heart Gym

Olympia Cycle & Ski

The Roster Sports Club Bar & Grill

Total Restoration Services

White House Mortgages

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

2021 NOMINEES

Bean to Cup

Blades of Lori Skate Sharpening

Cento Wear

Cotton's Chocolates

Dump Runz

Envy Apparel

Farmhouse Pizza & Donair

FILL - Vernon's Refill Store

The Gentlemen's Shop & Shave Parlour

Grahame Mechanical Plumbing & Gas

Graphic Enterprises

Healing Garden Spa & Wellness

Home for Dinner

Hot Bread Shoppe

The Limping Wolf Woodcraft

Monashee Health Collective

Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

Pink Spotted Goat

Shear Dimensions Hair Design

Spiritleaf Vernon

Summer Farm

Sweet Hoopla

Teassential

Tidal Elements Healing Arts Studio

Touch of Elegance Studio & Training

Vernon Teach & Learn

Wedge Cheesery

Woodstyle Homes

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

2021 NOMINEES

Richard Chippendale - Iron Heart Gym

Rob Ellis - Rellish Transport

Kari Gares - Verico Mortgage House

Troy Hudson - Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre

Todd Robinson - Okanagan Spring Brewery

David Scarlatescu - The Fig Bistro

Jaye Siegmueller - Farm Bound

Deb White - White House Mortgages

Nancy Wilde - Wayside

Angela Yablonski - Okanagan Health & Fitness

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

2021 NOMINEES

Total Restoration Services

White House Mortgages

Ductman Heating & Cooling

Dump Runz

Pink Spotted Goat

A Fine Kettle O' Fish Seafood

North Okanagan Skin & Laser

Tidal Elements Healing Arts Studio

Monashee Health Collective

The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy

Olympia Cycle & Ski

Sundial Lighting

Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy

Spiritleaf Vernon

KALECO Sustainable Lifestyle

Cotton's Chocolates

JC Bradley Jewellers

Healing Garden Spa & Wellness

OK Tire & Auto Service

Allegria Homes

Roost Solar

Cento Wear

Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

Iron Heart Gym

Touch of Elegance Studio & Training

Ezzzy Moving

Bean to Cup

The Phoenix Steakhouse & Bar

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

2021 NOMINEES

Interior Health

Interior HomeCare Solutions

Okanagan Regional Library - Vernon branch

Rider Ventures

SilverStar Mountain Resort

Tolko Industries

Turning Points Collaborative

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

2021 NOMINEES

Bridge Educational Society

Discovery Optometry

Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical

NexusBC Community Resource Centre

tekmar Control Systems

Tolko Industries

Total Restoration Services

Turning Points Collaborative

Value Village Vernon

White House Mortgages

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

2021 NOMINEES

Aly Pain - Parenting Expert

Barre Lab

Clean Color Painting

Dashing Lash Studio

Dawn King Recovery

Family Tax Time

Fenske Financial Coaching

Glohaven Community Hub

Gold Mountain Ventures

Iron Heart Studio

Kelver Coatings

Kingdom Creative

Local Losers

North Okanagan Apparel

Okanagan Event Planners

OKGN Skin Co.

Paul Bradshaw Kinesiologist

Paxton Industries

Pilates Health Hub

Pivot RX Pharmacy

Polson Artisan Night Market

The Roxy Cafe

Taste Buddies Gourmet

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.

2021 NOMINEES

All Are Family Outreach Society

Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Animal Auxiliary Thrift Store

Animal Food Bank Foundation

Boys and Girls Clubs Okanagan

Caetani Cultural Centre

Community Recreational Initiatives Society

Men's Shed Vernon

North Okanagan Cycling Society

North Okanagan Hospice Society

North Okanagan Youth & Family Services Society

Okanagan Screen Arts Society

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club

Turning Points Collaborative 

Vernon Community Arts Centre

Vernon & District Association for Community Living

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

Vernon Winter Carnival Society

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

2021 NOMINEES

Clark Robinson Chartered Professional Accountants

Davidson Lawyers LLP

Monashee Health Collective

Numu Technologies

Okanagan Restoration Services

Re/Max Vernon

Sherpa Group Events

Smart & Associates Chartered Professional Accountant

Sproing Creative

White House Mortgages

Ukrainetz Workplace Law Group

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

2021 NOMINEES

Bean to Cup

Bourbon Street Bar & Grill

Browns Socialhouse

The Fig

Intermezzo Restaurant & Wine Cellar

The Kal

Kawakubo Vernon

Los Huesos

Marten Brewing Co.

The Phoenix Steakhouse & Bar

Raku Rice & Noodle Bar

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

2021 NOMINEES

Armstrong Regional Cooperative

Cento Wear

Cobbler's Rack Shoes & Repairs

Cotton's Chocolates

Crave Massage & Spa

FILL - Vernon's Refill Store

JC Bradley Jewellers

Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

Parnell's Appliance

Pink Spotted Goat

Spiritleaf Vernon

Sundial Lighting

Sweet Caroline's Pastries & Cakes

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

2021 NOMINEES

Caravan Farm Theatre

Davison Orchards Country Village

Field of Screams

Grace & Flow Events

Okanagan Military Tattoo

Okanagan Science Centre

Pink Spotted Goat

SilverStar Mountain Resort

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

2021 NOMINEES

Allegria Homes

Bee's Knees Plumbing & Heating

Braden Robertson Construction

Grahame Mechanical Plumbing & Gas

Keith Dahlen Construction

Modern PURAIR Vernon

Phyxter Home Services

Roost Solar

Tolko Industries

Woodstyle Homes

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

2021 NOMINEES

Mitchal Derksen - Numu Technologies

Shelby Fisher - RJ Fisher Transport

Sunny Gakhal - DuMoulin Boskovich LLP

Brett Kelly & Andrew Pye - The Gentlemen's Shop & Shave Parlour

Selina Kozub - Selina Photography

Drew Leger - Tune-A-Boat Marine

Noah MacLeod - Local Losers

Abe Thiessen - Glacier Earth Ventures 

People's Choice Award

The People's Choice Award is sponsored by Total Restoration Services. You can vote for free as many times as you want for as many businesses that you want. If you would like to save some time, you can purchase votes to help raise funds to provide a scholarship award to a deserving local business student!!

From Sept. 13 to Oct. 4, members of the public can vote for their favourite among the businesses and non-profits nominated as part of the Greater Vernon Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards. The full list of nominees can be seen below.

Voting is Now Closed

Thank you Media Sponsors

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