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Entrepreneur who defied public health order named Penticton's Business Leader of the Year

Lee Agur, owner of Bad Tattoo Brewing Company in Penticton, was named the 2021 Business Leader of the Year by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.
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Lee Agur was declared the 2021 Business Leader of the Year three months after announcing his establishment would defy the province's vaccine mandate.

“I was honoured to be nominated and then it was equally amazing to be given the award,” he said. “I feel very thankful.”

The award was presented by the Penticton Chamber of Commerce declared at the Business Excellence Awards last night, Nov. 19.

Emcee Kyle Anderson Business said the award goes to an entrepreneur "who has clearly demonstrated leadership and inspires others to improve the services or quality of life in Penticton."

When Agur was asked if he’d been on Facebook today to see how many locals were complaining that the award would be given to somebody who defied public health orders, he said he had not and didn't return a request for comment.

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One month after declaring that his business Bad Tattoo Brewing Company would not be requiring guests to be vaccinated, Agur changed his mind and decided to enforce the vaccine mandate. He also said he would be stepping down from management “for a while.” 

Over the past year, his business also opened a second location in Kelowna, extended the patio in Penticton, and started its own beer club.

"The Business Excellence Awards are peer-nominated awards that exist to celebrate entrepreneurial and community achievement," according to the Penticton Chamber's website.

There was no response from an email to the Penticton Chamber by the time of publication.

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