Kamloops asked to nominate their favourites

KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and TD announced this week that the call for nominations has officially begun for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards.

“TD’s values of providing legendary customer experiences, and being an extraordinary place to work, align perfectly with the Business Excellence Awards and we are happy to once again be the Premier Sponsor of this important community event,” Lindy Baird, Branch Manager with TD, stated.

“It’s time for everyone to think about who they want to nominate,” Steve Earl, President of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, said.  “Anyone can nominate and any business can be nominated.  It only takes a couple of minutes, so make someone’s year by nominating your favourites!”

The complete list of the 17 award categories and their sponsors was unveiled at today’s kick off event, attended by past winners, sponsors and award committee members. 

This year, the Awards Committee is pleased to announce a new award category for Employer of the Year.  Employees are encouraged to nominate their employer for this one.

“This new category is sure to be a popular one,” Earl stated.  “There are so many businesses that go beyond the norm in their treatment of employees and we want to make sure that they are recognized.” 

Nomination Info:
- Anyone can make a nomination
- Any for profit, non-government owned business or individual may be nominated
- Nominations will be accepted until June 30, 2015
- Businesses must have a valid business license where required
- Nominee must have been in business for a minimum of one year
- Organizations, businesses or individuals may not nominate themselves for any award
- Kamloops-area is defined as within 35km of downtown Kamloops, also including Sun Peaks
- Award winners may not be nominated in the same category for three years following their win, but can be nominated and win in other categories
- Nominations can be made online at www.KamloopsChamber.ca and at the following Kamloops locations: TD locations (Downtown, Northills Mall, Columbia Square, Valleyview Square and City View Shopping Centre) or the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Office at 615 Victoria St.

Awards Timeline 2015:
May 13 – Call for Nominations (Kick Off)
June 30 – Nominations Close
September 9 – Finalist Announcement (Media Conference)
September 9 – Awards Gala Tickets go on sale
October 24 – Business Excellence Awards Gala

2015 Business Excellence Awards Sponsors

Premier Sponsor:
- TD
Media Sponsors:
- 98.3 CIFM / B-100 Kamloops at Work Station / CFJC TV 7
- Lee’s Music
- Kamloops This Week
Supporting Sponsors:
- Wayside Printing
- Fresh Inc.
Select Sponsors:
- Kent Wong Photography
- Viva Event Design
Event Sponsors:
- Canadian Western Bank
- ROI Media Works
- Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre
- Harper’s Trail Estate Winery
Award Sponsors:
- Community Futures - Business of the Year
- Excel Personnel - Business Person of the Year
- Nutech Safety – Young Entrepreneur of the Year
- Home Hardware - Aboriginal Business of the Year
- KGHM International – Ajax Project - Home Based Business of the Year
- NEW! Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre – Employer of the Year
- City of Kamloops - Community Service Award
- BDC - Manufacturer Award
- BCLC - Technology Innovator Award
- Venture Kamloops - Resource Industry Award
- TRU Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism & Tourism Sun Peaks – Tourism Award
- Aberdeen Mall  - Retailer Award (1-10 staff)
- Underwriter’s Insurance Brokers - Retailer Award (11+ staff)
- Berwick on the Park - Service Provider Award (1-10 staff)
- Kamloops Lincoln - Service Provider Award (11+ staff)
- BC Hydro – Green Award (1-10 Staff)
- Rocky Mountaineer – Green Award (11+ Staff)

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