The pandemic will not stop Kelowna Chamber of Commerce from handing out its annual business excellence awards this year.
In fact, the awards will reflect some of those who have been able to persevere through one of the worst financial periods in decades.
“Excellence is still at the top of our events roster,” chamber president Jeffrey Robinson said in a press release. “Recognizing excellence across a range of community and business endeavours is of paramount importance this year.
“Award criteria cover businesses for the immediate past two years; however, having the business smarts to stay afloat financially, continue to safely attract and provide service to customers, and continuing to support your staff will no doubt count for a lot in this year’s nominees.”
Nominations for the Kelowna chamber’s 33rd annual Business Excellence Awards are now open and will be accepted until Monday, Aug. 24.
Anyone in the Kelowna area, whether or not a member business or not-for-profit organization, may be nominated or self-nominate. Awards are clustered across three society pillars: the environment; arts and culture; and economic growth.
Nomination forms and more information can be found here. Finalists will be announced in early October, and the awards ceremony will be held virtually in mid-November.
The awards that will be up for grabs are:
• Business Leader of the Year
• Rising Star Business of the Year
• Small Business of the Year
• Midsize Business of the Year
• Large Business of the Year
• Not-for-Profit Excellence Award
• Social Leadership Award
• Marketing Campaign of the Year
• Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award
• Technology Innovator of the Year
• Young Entrepreneur of the Year
• Ethics in Business Award
• Excellence in Agriculture Award
• Inclusive Workplace Award
• Environmental Impact Award
• Excellence in Tourism
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