September 13, 2016 - 4:30 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Several Aboriginal businesspeople from the Thompson-Okanagan will be celebrated next month for their achievements.
The winners of the eighth annual B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards have been announced.
4TR Ventures Ltd. for the North Thompson, Tk’emlups Petro Canada/Carwash for Kamloops, Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation for Penticton, Defy Hair and Esthetics for Kelowna and Alpha-Omega Productions for Kamloops will all be getting awards.
"Aboriginal entrepreneurship is vital to ensuring that all British Columbians benefit from our growing economy," Premier Christy Clark says in a media release. "The awards shine a spotlight on the important and expanding role of Aboriginal business in B.C. while showcasing successful Aboriginal entrepreneurs from across the province."
The awards were launched in 2008 to honour business excellence. A total of 15 Aboriginal businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises will be recognized at this year's awards dinner.
The winners will attend a gala dinner ceremony on Oct.19 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
2016 B.C. ABORIGINAL BUSINESS AWARDEES
• Business of the Year – one-to-two person enterprise:
Big Bear Services Wildlife Monitoring, Moberly Lake
Outstanding Achievement: 4TR Ventures Ltd., North Thompson
• Business of the Year – three-to-10 person enterprise:
Callison & Hanna Law, Vancouver
Outstanding Achievement: Tim Tom Construction, Dawson Creek
• Business of the Year - 10 or more person enterprise:
Getumdone Contracting Ltd., Houston
Outstanding Achievement: Tla’amin Convenience Store, Powell River
• Community-Owned Business of the Year – one entity:
Tk’emlups Petro Canada/Carwash, Kamloops
Outstanding Achievement: Gitxsan Safety Services Inc., Hazleton
Outstanding Achievement: Rupert Lawn & Garden, Prince Rupert
• Community-Owned Business of the Year – two or more entities:
Seyem' Qwantlen Business Group, Fort Langley
Outstanding Achievement: Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, Penticton
• Aboriginal – Industry Business Partnership of the Year:
Tsi Del Del Enterprises Ltd., Chilanko Forks
• Aboriginal – Aboriginal Business Partnership of the Year:
Northern Native Broadcasting (CFNR), Terrace
• Young Entrepreneur of the Year:
Defy Hair and Esthetics, Kelowna
Outstanding Achievement: Alpha-Omega Productions, Kamloops
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