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  • On Oct. 23, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce will host the 2020 Business Excellence Awards Presented by Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
     

    Headlining the virtual celebration are guest speakers Jillian Harris, founder and creative director of Jillian Harris Design, former Bachelorette and co-host of Love It Or List It Vancouver; and Ken Holland, Vernon native and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. And Vernon's Andrew Allen will take to the stage and perform. The event MC's are Sun FM's very own Betty Selin and Jerhett Schafer!

    But all of the excitement will be focused on the unveiling of the winners in 10 distinct categories. Those in attendance will also learn the winners of the People's Choice Award and the Business of the Year honour. 

    Registration is $15 and attendees will receive 

    • A registration link given out closer to the event
    • a bottle of wine from De Vine Vintners for pickup (first 240 registrations)
    • A discount code for 20% off The Med Express Vernon
    • A chance to win a stay at Halcyon Hot Springs.

    The theme for the gala is Now More than Ever as the amount of determination, innovation, adaptability and strain the business community has had to endure this year is commendable and should not go unnoticed. Now more than ever, we need to recognize how important local business is to our everyday lives. We hope you will join us in celebrating the best in business and non-profits in Greater Vernon. 

     

    Winners will be invited to a private event on Oct 30th to receive their award in person. 

     

    THE NOMINEES FOR 2020 ARE:

     

    SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - SPONSORED BY COMMUNITY FUTURES NORTH OKANAGAN

    Anna's Vitamins Plus

    Back to Earth

    Blenz Downtown Vernon

    Bra Heaven

    Bugaboos Bakery Cafe

    Colour Time Ceramic Studio

    Copperfox Interiors

    CrossFit Vernon

    Davidson Operational Stress Recovery Program

    Elice's Printopia

    Envy Apparel

    Farrer Rentals

    Forge Valley Fitness

    Home for Dinner

    Intermezzo Restaurant and Wine Cellar

    Kal Lake General Store/Rail Trail Cafe

    Ladies World Fitness

    Peak Printing

    North Okanagan Pumping Service

    Numu Consulting

    OBC Automotive

    Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

    Ratio Coffee and Pastry

    Read Head Studio

    Ritual Barbershop

    Soul Studio

    The Arcadian Kitchen

    The Starting Block

    The Tile Guy

    Touch of Elegance Studio and Training

    Vernon Teach and Learn

     

    YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR - SPONSORED BY NIXON WENGER LAWYERS

    Mitchal Derksen - Numu Consulting

    Alanna Grant - Whole Healing Nutrition

    Kayley Letendre - Sugarbees Ice Cream

    Alysia Lor-Knill - Teassential

    Stephanie Mortenson - Family Matters Counselling

    Tanya Nijjar - Tony's Craft Cidery

    Cali Tompson - J.C. Tompson Construction

    Elmaz Wilder - Ritual Barbershop

     

    NON-PROFIT EXCELLENCE AWARD - SPONSORED BY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION NORTH OKANAGAN

    Allan Brooks Nature Centre

    Archway Society for Domestic Peace

    B.C. SPCA Vernon Branch

    Greater Vernon Museum and Archives

    Habitat for Humanity

    North Okanagan Friendship Centre

    North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association

    North Okanagan Valley Gleaners

    Okanagan Boys and Girls Club

    Okanagan Screen Arts Society

    One Hundred Women Vernon

    Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan

    The Bridge Educational Society

    Together for Christmas

    Turning Points Collaborative Society

    Venture Training

    Vernon Community Music School

    Vernon Public Art Gallery

     

    NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - SPONSORED BY MNP

    Barre Lab 

    Bottle None

    Cheese on Wheels

    Cora Breakfast and Lunch

    Fill - Vernon's Refill Store

    Grahame Mechanical Plumbing & Gas

    Hot Bread Shoppe

    Okanagan Life Private Boat Charters/Sip Happens Wine Tours

    Sarah Kennedy - Coldwell Banker Four Seasons Real Estate

    Spirit Leaf Vernon

    Sportclips Vernon

    Sweet Hoopla

    The Boarding House Cafe

    The Wedge Cheesery

    Touch of Elegance Studio and Training

    Vernon Matters

     

    MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR - SPONSORED BY TEKMAR CONTROL SYSTEMS

    Kekuli Bay Cabinetry

    Lake Country Truss

    Planet Bee Honey Farm and Honeymoon Meadery

    Summer Farm

    Summit Tiny Homes

    UnderGround Kombucha

     

    INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - SPONSORED BY TD BANK

    Cotton's Chocolates

    Envy Centre

    Caufields Engraving

    Martens Holdings

    Numu Consulting

    Peak Printing

    Sherpa Group Events

    Soul Studio

    The Arcadian Kitchen

    The Med

    Turning Points Collaborative Society

     

    EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR - SPONSORED BY CITY OF VERNON

    Community Futures North Okanagan

    Farrer Rentals

    SilverStar Mountain Resort

    Sproing Creative

    The Home Depot Vernon

    Total Restoration

    Valley First Credit Union

    VegPro/Salade Etcetera

    Vernon Funeral Home

     

    CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD - SPONSORED BY OKANAGAN SPRING BREWERY

    Allegria Homes

    Bean to Cup

    Copper & Oak Design

    Edge Apparel & Imprints

    Fountain Tire Vernon

    Intermezzo Restaurant and Wine Cellar

    Okanagan Dance Party

    Okanagan Restoration

    Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

    Olympia Cycle & Ski

    Papa Nick's Global Cuisine

    Peak Printing

    Red Door Photographic

    Sterling Centre Remedy's RX Pharmacy

    Storage for Your Life

    The Kal

    The Tile Guy

    Trail Tire Vernon

    Vernon Teach and Learn

     

    COMMUNITY LEADER OF THE YEAR - SPONSORED BY DE VINE VINTNERS

    A&W Vernon

    Armstrong Regional Cooperative

    Designers Gallery

    Lake City Casino Vernon

    Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

    SilverStar Mountain Resort

    Tenacity Health and Fitness

    The Fig

    Vernon Teach and Learn

     

    BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR - SPONSORED BY KAL TIRE

    Daina Bull - Anna's Vitamins Plus

    Tony Dyck - Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

    Richard Finn - Wayside

    Linsey and Jamie Johannson - R.E. Postill & Sons

    Joe Pearson - Remax

    Brad Pelletier - Predator Ridge

    Sareena Sharma Nickoli - Soul Studio

  • Keep your eyes open for People's Choice voting beginning Sept 14 

    On Oct 23, 2020the winners of these coveted awards will be revealed during a virtual ceremony

    *** The nominees in 10 categories are ultimately based on completed forms from the nominees. We thank the public for all of the nominations we received. People's Choice is selected through an online, public vote, and Business of the Year is selected by a panel of judges among all nominations***

    *Past winners from previous 2 years are ineligible to win in the same category.

     

  • Thank you sponsors!

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  • CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA 2020

    PRESENTED BY – VALLEY FIRST

    BUSINESS OF THE YEAR SPONSOR - VALLEY FIRST

    • Must have demonstrated a high level of success through:
      • Customer service
      • Growth and profitability
      • Sales and marketing
      • Strategic and tactical planning
      • Employee satisfaction
      • Community Supporter
    • Chosen by the panel of judges from all nominees

     

    PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD SPONSOR - TOTAL RESTORATION SERVICES

    • Chosen by a public vote of all nominees
    • Must be a nominee in one of the 10 categories to be eligible
    • Voting begins September 14th

     

    SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR SPONSOR – COMMUNITY FUTURES

    • Must employ from one to 10 employees
    • Must demonstrate a passion for their business
    • Must be in business for longer than two years
    • Must demonstrate high-quality products or services
    • Must demonstrate excellent customer service

     

    NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR SPONSOR - MNP LLP

    • Must have been in business for less than two years
    • Must have good growth potential
    • Must demonstrate high-quality products or services
    • Must demonstrate excellent customer service

     

    YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR SPONSOR – NIXON WENGER LAWYERS LLP

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

     

     INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSOR – TD BANK

    • Demonstrates product or service innovation through COVID-19
    • Demonstrates innovative solutions to help employees or customers
    • Shows uniqueness through business
    • Non-profits eligible 
    • Must be in business longer than 2 years.​

     

    EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR SPONSOR - 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

     

    CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD SPONSOR - OKANAGAN SPRING BREWERY

    • 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

     

    MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR SPONSOR – TEKMAR CONTROL SYSTEMS

    • Must demonstrate a successful ability to manufacture a high quality product
    • Must show innovation through the manufacturing process
    • Must be in business for longer than two years

     

    NON-PROFIT EXCELLENCE AWARD SPONSOR – COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF NORTH OKANAGAN

    • This award is presented to the organization that exemplifies excellence and innovation in its 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 its vision and mandate.

     

    COMMUNITY LEADER OF THE YEAR SPONSOR - DE VINE VINTNERS

    • An outstanding business in Greater Vernon
    • Significantly contributed to the betterment of the community has a direct positive impact on residents of Greater Vernon
    • Promote staff volunteerism in community organizations
    • Must have provided financial contributions, sponsorships or volunteer hours to the community

     

    BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR SPONSOR – KAL TIRE

    • 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