Record number of nominees for Summerland Business Excellence Awards announced

The nominations are in for the Summerland Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Executive director David D. Hull said he was “extremely pleased” to see a record 72 nominations accepted.

He added: “The dramatic increase in nominations is directly related to the changes made this year in how the award recipients are selected”.

“In previous years the award recipient was determined by a voting process. The awards are intended to be a recognition of business excellence and not a popularity contest. This year each nominee will meet with a three-person panel adjudicating their respective award category.”

The judging takes place between March 5–7, when nominees must meet with a panel for 30 minutes to discuss their business.

“Everywhere I have employed this system the nominees exit their interview saying they really enjoyed meeting with the panel,” Hull said.

“Entrepreneurs really like to talk about their business, successes, and plans going forward.”

The awards night is planned for March 30 at the Centre Stage Theatre, where tickets will cost $35.

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Below is the full list of categories and nominees:

Accredited Professional Services Excellence

  • Giants Head Dental
  • Avery Law
  • Royal LePage Parkside Realty – Summerland
  • Bell Jacoe & Company
  • Yvonne Whiting Notary Public

Agriculture & Agri-Business Excellence

  • Okanagan Specialty Fruits
  • Summerland Varieties
  • Saxon Estate Winery
  • Apple Barn
  • Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
  • Dickinson Family Farm
  • Pro-Ag Equipment Repair

Business of the Year

  • Back in Line Physical Therapy
  • Swiss Solar Tech
  • Sass Boutique
  • Verity Electrical Contracting
  • Evolution Athletics
  • ABK Restoration Services
  • The BeadTrails Experience
  • Streamline Mechanical

Business Person of the Year

  • Erick Thompson – ET2 Media
  • Dianne Mayhew – Beauty & the Brit
  • Gillilan Stohler – SummerGate Winery
  • Brian Callow – What the Fungus

Business to Business Excellence

  • Meritage Viticulture Services
  • Open Skies Media
  • Maple Roch Pure Maple Syrup
  • Angella Dykstra Chartered Professional Accountant

Customer Service Excellence

  • Beauty Box
  • Esthetics By Nicole
  • True Grain
  • Petkau Infotech
  • Your Dollar Store With More
  • Summerland Taxi
  • Summerland Library
  • Summerland Dental Centre
  • Davan Ventures
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy
  • Edward Jones – Victoria Ave.
  • Ogopogo Meats & Sausages

Hospitality and Tourism Excellence

  • Summerland Sweets/Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery
  • Ogopogo Tours
  • Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa
  • Jewell Ranch & Wellness Retreat
  • La Punta Norte Guest Inn
  • Kettle Valley Steam Railway

Manufacturing & Production Excellence

  • AAA Aluminum Products
  • Range Rider (R&R Plastics)
  • Interior Stainless
  • Ripley Stainless
  • Arrow Industries/Arrow Truck Caps
  • John Rousseau Design

New Business of the Year

  • iKhaya Day Spa
  • Koncept Kalifornia
  • Purple Hemp
  • Burns Mechanical
  • Giants Head Barbershop
  • The Chalk House

Non Profit Organization of the Year

  • Summerland Health Care Auxiliary
  • Ryga Arts Festival
  • South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services
  • Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group
  • Agur Lake Camp Society

Retailer of the Year

  • Rustic & Refined
  • Summerland Liquor Store
  • Nesters Market
  • The Suburban Princess
  • Carls Flower Company

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Mark Sheriff – Deputy Diesel Performance
  • Karl, Konrad, & Robert Nehring – Monkey Puzzle Construction
  • Amanda Frankham – Summerland School of Dance
  • Tyson Felt – Heavens Gate Estate Winery

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