More than 360 nominations for 2021 Business Excellence Awards

Winners in the 35th annual event, presented by the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and MNP, will be announced on Oct. 21.

The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and MNP received more than 360 nominations for the 35th annual Business Excellence Awards.

The merit-based awards celebrate innovative entrepreneurs and local community leaders in 16 award categories as determined by an independent selection committee.

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"With the recent decrease in [COVID-19] cases and restrictions easing, there is a renewed sense of optimism for business owners that, sooner than later, things will return to normal,” said MNP partner Jessy Sra. “Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate those entrepreneurs and businesses that have successfully navigated through these challenging times and come out stronger.”

The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce has recognized ingenuity and determination through its annual awards program since 1986. As the community slowly re-opens and recovers from the effects of the pandemic, the awards will be handed out again via a low-capacity, decentralized event live-streamed from four partner restaurants from across the city, with the help of GK Sound, on Oct. 21.

The independent selection committee will now be tasked with reviewing each nominee’s written submission and will conduct an interview with each business. Once completed, the selection committee will provide the scores to MNP, which will tabulate them to determine which ones will become a finalist in each award category. The finalists will be announced later this summer.

“Once again, our team is thrilled to be able to directly support our hospitality partners who have adapted and pivoted, again and again, throughout the pandemic,” said Acacia Pangilinan, executive director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. “I want to thank all the Business Excellence Awards sponsors. Your ongoing support allows us to advocate for, support and celebrate our local businesses.”

The Kamloops Chamber received 367 nominations in 16 award categories, recognizing 95 unique businesses.

35th annual Business Excellence Award Nominees (note: not all nominees are eligible for the categories for which they were nominated):

Business Person of the Year

Joshua Knaak, Arpa Investments

Cjay Boisclair, Askem Productions

Chrissy Robinson, Blowfish Hair Studio

Fernando Silva, Brazilian Dog Guru Facility

Mary Widmer, C&C: Resources for Life

Lucki Khurana, Dimensional Massage Therapy / Muva Physiotherapy

Bradley Young, Diverse Training Center

Cindy Humphrey, Earls Kitchen + Bar

Lisa Graham, Fresh Is Best Salsa & Co.

Greg Klohn, GK Sound

Leo Baggio, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

Carmen & Jul Morken, JUL Construction Ltd.

Natalie Ofukany, Lash & Glow Bar Kamloops-Lashed by Natalie

Craig LeBeau, LeBeau Bros Logging

Mary MacGregor, Mary MacGregor Law Corporation,

Margot Middleton, Middleton Energy

Ryan Holowachuk, Noran Printing

Regina Bittner-Rothbart, Nuance Dance Studio

Debora Delyzer, People In Motion

Nicole & Barry Persaud, Peter's Pasta

Adrianne Erlandson, Scoopz Ice Cream Parlour

Dawn Mackenzie, Seasons Health Therapies

Jake Birkeland, Strength Camp Kamloops

Maeghan Summers, The Noble Pig

Alex, Zalmai, Thompson Cleaners & Tailors

City of Kamloops Community Service Award

A Groess Underground

Blowfish Hair Studio

Brazilian Dog Guru Facility

C&C: Resources for Life

Lyons Landscaping

Save on Foods - Westsyde

Seasons Health Therapy

Summit Eyecare Centre

Development of the Year

ARPA Investments

BC SPCA

Kelson Group

Nationwide Self Storage & Express Auto Spa

Environmental Stewardship Award

A Groess Underground

Arrow Transportation Systems Inc.

Fiddleheads Violin Studio

Lyons Landscaping

Maxwell Mechanical

Monte Creek Ranch + Winery

Riverside Energy Systems

Employer of the Year

C&C: Resources for Life

Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre

Cutting Edge Group

Earls Kitchen + Bar

Far & Wide

Forward Law LLP

Fresh Is Best Salsa & Co

JUL Construction Ltd.

Kelson Group

LeBeau Bros Logging

Lyons Landscaping

Natural Smiles Denture Clinic

NextGen Electrical Services Ltd.

Noran Printing

Save on Foods - Westsyde

Open Door Group Inclusive Leadership Award

ARPA Investments

Askem Productions

Berwick on the Park

Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre

Far & Wide

Kamloops Indian Band Development Corporation

Lyons Landscaping

New Afton

People In Motion

Venture Kamloops Small Business of the Year

ARPA Investments

Askem Productions

Blowfish Hair Studio

Blue Sky Consulting Inc.

Brazilian Dog Guru Facility

C&C: Resources for Life

Coppertree Millworks

Cruizin K9 Pet Adventure Company

Cutting Edge Group

Dimensional Massage Therapy / Muva Physiotherapy

DNM Enterprises

Empire Dental by Dr. Dhaval Admar

Fiddleheads Violin Studio

Forward Law LLP

Freeze Athletics

Fresh Is Best Salsa & Co

GK Sound

Hoja Mongolian Grill

Jamaican Kitchen

JUL Construction Ltd.

Kamloops Urban Tailz Pet Care

Kirsten’s hideout

Kitchen Studio

Lash & Glow Bar Kamloops - Lashed by Natalie

Natural Smiles Denture Clinic

Noran Printing

Nuance Dance Studio

NuLeaf Produce Market

Ocean Pacific Adventure Sports

Oxygen Yoga and Fitness

Peter's Pasta

PostIdol Media Ltd.

Psychocity Tattoo and Apparel

Rapid Cool Refrigeration Inc.

Real Deals on Home Decor

Robin’s Room

Scott’s Inn & Restaurant

Seasons Health Therapies

Signet Studio

Spot On Interior Design

Strength Camp Kamloops

Summit Eyecare Centre

Surplus Herby's

Sweet Home Cafe

Thompson Cleaners & Tailors

Tiffany Christianson Photography

We Are One Composites

Design & Manufacturer Award

Riverside Energy Systems

Motivo Design Group

Noran Printing

Portfolio Interiors

We Are One Composites

Kubera Retailer of the Year

Erwin's Fine Baking & Delicatessen

Far & Wide

Fresh Is Best Salsa & Co

Little River Boatworld

NuLeaf Produce Market

Portfolio Interiors

Rapid Cool Refrigeration Inc.

Real Deals on Home Decor

Save on Foods - Westsyde

Surplus Herby's

CN Service Provider 1-10 Staff Award

Askem Productions

Brazilian Dog Guru Facility

CentreCore HVAC Systems

Cruizin K9 Pet Adventure Company

Dimensional Massage Therapy / Muva Physiotherapy

Force Electric Ltd.

GK Sound

Kirsten’s hideout

Kitchen Studio

Maxwell Mechanical

Noran Printing

Nuance Dance Studio

Ocean Pacific Adventure Sports

Real Deals on Home Decor

Seasons Health Therapies

Southgate Automotive and Radiator Service

The Job Squad

The Legacy Team

Westsyde Dental Centre

Kamloops This Week Service Provider 11+ Staff Award

Berwick on the Park

Earls Kitchen + Bar

JUL Construction

Kamloops Physiotherapy and Sports

Kelson Group

Little River Boatworld

Middleton Energy

NextGen Electrical Services Ltd

Rapid Cool Refrigeration Inc.

Seasons Health Therapies

Summit Eyecare Centre

Tommy Guns

BCLC Innovation Award

Arrow Transportation Systems Inc.

C&C: Resources for Life

Cruizin K9 Pet Adventure Company

Earls Kitchen + bar

Fresh Is Best Salsa & Co

Kamloops Denture and Implant Centre

Lyons Landscaping

Monte Creek Ranch + Winery

New Afton

Riverside Energy Systems

We Are One Composites

CAPP Excellence in Trades Award

ARPA Investments

CentreCore HVAC Services

Five Oak Contracting Ltd.

Force Electric Ltd

JUL Construction Ltd.

Kelson Group

Riverside Energy Systems

Lyons Landscaping

Maxwell Mechanical

Middleton Energy

NextGen Electrical Services Ltd.

Noran Printing

Twin River Plumbing and Heating

Community Futures Thompson Country Emerging Business of the Year Award

Friendly Composting Inc.

Bright Eye Brewing

Brynn's Bakery

Digital Convergence

Eat Clean Kamloops

Our Footprints Eco Store & Refillery

Lash & Glow Bar Kamloops - Lashed by Natalie

LMB Designs

Muraca Notary Public

Nationwide Self Storage & Express Auto Spa

Pepper - Your Badass Business BFF Inc.

PIZZA NOW

River City Limo

The Lux Loo

The Vic Downtown

Yoga Now Kamloops

TRU School of Business and Economics Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Cassidy Watt, Cassidy Watt Artistry Collective

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