Business Excellence finalists announced
The field is narrowing for this year's Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
The 45 award finalists were revealed on Monday, Sept. 10, at a special event hosted at Kamloops Ford Lincoln on the North Shore.
To pare down the field of 168 nominees, a panel of 40 local business people scored each business based on a number of criteria, with the highest finishers in each category going on to the final round.
Next, finalists will be interviewed by the judges and will have to make a case as to why their business stands out from the pack, said chamber executive director Deb McClelland.
Many businesses were nominated this year for the first time, which McClelland said is a sign Kamloops' business community is growing.
"We really love to see we've got innovative people out here bringing services and products to Kamloops we haven't seen before," she said.
This year's award winners will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards Gala on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Kamloops Convention Centre.
This year's finalists are:
City of Kamloops Community Service Award
Abbott Wealth Management
Canadian Western Bank
Berwick on the Park Service Provider Award 1-10 Staff
Brain Train International
Rest Assured Home
Summit Gourmet Meats
Kamloops Lincoln Service Provider Award 11+ Staff
Excel Personnel Inc.
Kamloops Home Hardware Building Centre
Smith Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd.
Venture Kamloops Resource Industry Award
Highlands Irrigation Ltd.
Plateau Construction Ltd.
River City Fiber Ltd.
BC Hydro Green Award 1-10 Staff
Dr. Preety Desai
Snug Glee Bumz Diaper Service
Think Green Painting
RBC Green Award 11+ Staff
Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel
Thompson Rivers University
KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. Home-Based Business of the Year Award
Social Fire Consulting
TLC for Pets
ZERO Tolerance DDs Service Ltd.
BCLC Technology Innovator Award
Netshift Media Inc.
ROI Media Works Corp.
Scorpion Technologies Ltd.
Tourism and Hospitality Award
Scott's Inn and Restaurant
South Thompson Inn and Conference Centre
Tree Top Flyers
Excel Personnel Business Person of the Year Award
John Hampel, Best Western Plus
Peter McKenna, NRI Distribution Inc.
Todd Stone, iCompass Technologies Inc.
Home Hardware First Nations Business of the Year Award
Sun Ridge Equipment Ltd.
2 Dz Boutique
Aberdeen Mall Retailer Award 1-10 Staff
Designs for You Baskets
Findlay's Vacuum and Sewing Machine World
Underwriters Insurance Brokers Retailer Award 11+ Staff
Kamloops Ford Lincoln
BDC Manufacturer Award
TDC Manufacturing Ltd.
Trout Creek International Homes
Kamloops Business Magazine Young Entrepreneur Award
Isabelle Hamptonstone, Brain Train International
Krishna Lakkineni, ROI Media Works
Sabrina Sinclair, Fit By Design Consulting