29th annual Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

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PENTICTON - The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce (PWCCC) is pleased to announce: OPEN NOMINATIONS for the 29th Annual Business Excellence Awards brought to you by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, July 15 to September 15, 2016.

The Excellence Awards aim to recognize local Penticton and area businesses that are setting a new standard in excellence in their respective fields. Through a significant and sustained commitment to innovation in their industry, these businesses and business leaders exemplify what it means to do business in Penticton.

“It’s a thrill to be planning the Business Excellence Awards for 2016 with a brand new Chamber team in place. The title sponsor Gateway Casinos has a wonderful surprise in store.

Get your tickets early – this is THE Penticton business event you don’t want to miss!” - Brandy Maslowski, Executive Director, PWCCC

The 29th Annual Business Excellence Awards brought to you by Gateway Casinos will be held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on Saturday October 15 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will kick off with a champagne reception, sponsored by Cherry Lane Mall. Guests will then flow into a gourmet dinner with wine sponsored by the Penticton Western. Soon after, the awards ceremony will begin with live announcements of the winners, a live auction and announce the winners of the silent auction. The event MC, auctioneer, and music professional will be DJ Haymaker, an Okanagan based professional entertainer who will bring a great fun energy to the event.

We’d like to thank all of our 15 generous awards sponsors who are listed prominently on our website at www.penticton.org. Please take a moment to read through the awards categories and nominate a local business who has brought you the best in product or service.

Aboriginal Community & Business Excellence -  Sponsored by BDO This award recognizes the contribution a business has made through inclusivity with the local Aboriginal Community. This business can be Aboriginal owned & operated or have made a significant positive impact on the local Aboriginal community. This award serves to highlight the importance of the business connections made between the local communities & the amazing work that can be done when we work together.

Agricultural & Agri-Business Excellence Sponsored by Parker's Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep - A Penticton & Wine Country business in the Agriculture and Agri-Business sector demonstrating leadership and outstanding achievement in the commitment to advancement and sustainability of the agriculture industry.

Business of the Year Sponsored by Britco LP - A Penticton & Wine Country business that stands out among peers as a leading organization both in its approach to business and in service to the community. This business should demonstrate true business excellence in overall business operation, including customer service, employee development/relations, site aesthetics, marketing, innovation, community contribution and allowance for disabilities. Must be in business for at least one year.

Business Leader of the Year Sponsored by TD Canada Trust - Small Business Banking - A Penticton & Wine Country individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the business environment, by exemplifying excellence in their chosen field, overall business acumen, customer service, community involvement, leadership and employee relations. Must be in business for at least one year.

Community Support Excellence Sponsored by White Kennedy Chartered Accountants  - A business that passionately promotes community projects, events, or festivals. This business has community at the core of its mission and vision.

Excellence in Marketing Innovation Sponsored by All She Wrote - This award celebrates the very best in marketing and communications. It gives recognition to the business that has embraced creativity in its marketing efforts through a unique campaign that increases business and exposure. This may include branding, graphic design, advertising, public relations, and the innovative use of social media and digital tools in addition to traditional marketing methods.

Family Friendly Excellence Sponsored by the Downtown Penticton Association - A Penticton & Wine Country business that provides a family friendly environment, maintains employment practices that support working families, and/or promotes community efforts to support healthy families.

Home Based Business Excellence Sponsored by SunFM/EZ Rock 800 - A Penticton & Wine Country Business that has demonstrated excellence in product innovation. A home operated business that consistently shows excellence and quality in service and merchandising. Must be a licensed home-based business.

Industrial & Manufacturing Excellence Sponsored by Greyback Construction Ltd. - A Penticton & Wine Country business that has strengthened the economic base of Penticton through development, manufacture or fabrication. Must be in business for at least one year.

New Business Award Sponsored by Valley First Credit Union - A Penticton & Wine Country business that enhances the business base of Penticton has demonstrated a commitment to Penticton as a place to do business and has become an outstanding corporate citizen of our community. Must be in business for a least one year to a maximum of three years.

Professional Service Excellence Sponsored by BMO Financial Group -  A Penticton & Wine Country licensed professional organization that provides services to their clients. This business demonstrates a consistent adherence to high quality customer service and support. Must be in business for at least one year.

Retail Excellence Sponsored by the Penticton Herald - A Penticton and wine country business that is proactive to changing market trends, provides a variety of products, and is willing to stand behind those products. It has established strong relationships with its customers and staff and is recognized for excellence in customer service. Detail is paid to aesthetics and atmosphere. Must be in business for at least one year.

Sustainability Excellence Sponsored by Penticton Toyota - A Penticton & Wine Country business that has demonstrated environmental performance with their products, activities and services. Encourages sustainable use of renewable resources and is taking steps to prevent, reduce and eliminate various waste streams associated with their product and services. This business demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the environment by considering the impact on the environment in all decision making, product/service development and business practices.

Workplace Culture Excellence Sponsored by South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services - This business is where everyone wants to work. It creates an inclusive and welcoming environment at work that successfully reduces barriers for all. They foster a culture and commitment to employee development that breeds a loyal and healthy workforce.

Nominations for this event close September 15, 2016. The Excellence Awards will be chosen by the Award Selection Committee. The Committee consists of local business leaders with varied experience in various industries. The committee remains anonymous to ensure the integrity of the selection process.

For more information contact:
Nikki Morris, Events & Outreach
Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce
Events@penticton.org 778.476.3111
102 Ellis Street. Penticton B.C V2A 4L5

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