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Nominate Greater Vernon Businesses & Non-Profits

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is excited to launch nominations for the 38th annual Business Excellence Awards presented by MNP.

The awards recognize excellence among businesses and non-profit organizations in the Greater Vernon community.

Businesses and non-profits can be nominated in 15 separate categories between July 19 and Aug. 26, 2022. Those nominated will then complete an official nomination package to continue to the next stage of the process.

A business only needs one nomination to qualify per category and past winners from the previous two years are ineligible to win in the same category.

Winners will be announced during a gala event Nov. 3, 2022 at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre.

Select category name to view criteria and how to nominate.

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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.

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

Restaurant of the Year 

Sponsored by: Davidson Lawyers LLP

  • 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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

Retail Business of the Year

Sponsored by: Downtown Vernon Association

  • 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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

Trades Business of the Year 

Sponsored by: Scotiabank

  • 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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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

TO NOMINATE, CLICK HERE

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