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Nominations now open for business excellence awards

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December 28, 2016 - 8:44 AM

VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the nomination period for the Annual Business Excellence Awards is now open.  Nominations can be submitted through the Chamber`s website at until Friday January 6, 2017.

The Chamber is also pleased to recognize Valley First - A Division of First West Credit Union as the presenting sponsor of the long running awards program that showcases Greater Vernon`s premier businesses and community leaders.

This year`s theme is Birthdays, Balloons and Black Ties and builds off the excitement from last year`s gala.  The event will recognize the achievements of the past year in business but will also provide an opportunity to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the City of Vernon’s 125th birthday and the Chamber’s 120th birthday.

“We’re really excited about the plans for the Gala and know it will be another fantastic evening of celebration as we recognize a variety of businesses, organizations and individuals for their outstanding achievements,” says Dan Rogers, general manager with the Greater Vernon Chamber.

The Excellence Awards are scheduled for Friday March 10, 2017 at the Vernon Lodge and will feature different awards ranging from Tourism Excellence to Community Leader of the Year.  All the finalists in each of the categories will be considered for the much coveted “Business of the Year.”

The Sponsor for the Business of the Year is BDC – Business Development Bank of Canada.

The Nominee’s Luncheon goes Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017 at the Prestige Hotel.  A panel of independent business leaders will review all nominations and announce the three finalists in each category at the luncheon with the winners revealed at the Awards Gala.  Tickets for the Gala, which is a near sell out each year, will go on sale to the public in mid January 2017.

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