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Posted: March 16, 2015

75 nominees up for chamber awards

Business Excellence Awards Gala Evening April 11

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards nominees have completed their interviews and along with the balance of the city excitedly await the announcement of the award recipients at the April 11 Gala at the St Eugene Golf Resort and Casino.

Chamber Executive Director David D. Hull was pleased with the positive response to the new vetting process that had each nominee meet with a three person panel in a 30 minute formatted interview process.

Chamber Executive Director David D. Hull
Chamber Executive Director David D. Hull

“Without exception every nominee and jurist came out of the process exclaiming a really positive review. The nominees enjoyed the opportunity to expound on their organization and their practices.”

“It was a very busy five days spanning two weeks for the Chamber with some of the panels sitting all day to work through the categories that had a large number of nominees. One day we had four rooms going simultaneously with 12 judges and an office full of nominees. It was a great day for the chamber.

“The awards evening which is certain to be a grand event and celebration business is already sold out with all 240 tickets spoken for,” said Hull.

The list of the nominees up for an award on the 11th are…

New Business of the Year

Awarded to a business established in the last three years that is considered a rising leader in their business sector and has demonstrated outstanding characteristics leading their business to success.

Sponsor: Community Futures East Kootenay

NOMINEES

– Baker Street Professional Centre

– e-KNOW (East Kootenay News Online Weekly)

– iDevice Repair

– Initial Design

– One Love Hot Yoga

– Sink N’ Ink Tattoos

– Smokey Bros BBQ & Grill

Business of Year 1-15 Employees

Awarded to a company that provides services to businesses. The recipient operates in the business to business sector and demonstrates a consistent adherence to the highest quality service and support for their clients.

Sponsor: Downtown Business Association

NOMINEES

– The Bedroom Furniture Plus

– Caliper Machine & Hydraulics Ltd.

– Durango’s Lounge

– Genex Marketing

– Just Liquid Sports

– Koko Beach Tanning & Hair Salon

– Max’s Place

– The Playpen Pet Boarding & Grooming

– Taylor Adams Chartered Accountants

– The Hearing Loss Clinic

Business Person of the Year

Awarded to an individual displaying outstanding leadership and vision in the business community. Respected person with accomplishments in business and their community. Serves as a positive role model or mentor for other business people.

Sponsor: Banking Association of Cranbrook

NOMINEES

– Chad Jensen

– Chase Thielen

– Chris Thom

– Mike Adams

– Mike Hambalek

– Tom White

Professional Services

Awarded to a company or professional that provides services to individuals, groups, or businesses. The recipient demonstrates a consistent adherence to the highest quality service and support for their customers.

Sponsor: Columbia Basin Trust

NOMINEES

– Ataraxia Spa

– Cranbrook Auto Repair

– Guidance Planning Strategies

– Leanne M. Cutts, CGA

– Naked Yeti Waxing

– RDEK Director of Communications

– Rella, Paolini & Rogers

– Sandy Smith Personal Real Estate Corporation

Business Services Excellence

Awarded to a company that provides services to businesses. The recipient operates in the business to business sector and demonstrates a consistent adherence to the highest quality service and support for their clients.

Sponsor: Koocanusa Publications

NOMINEES

– B104 & The Drive

– Bank of Montreal – Theresa Larson

– e-KNOW (East Kootenay News Online Weekly)

– Robert Venier, CFP BMO Nesbitt Burns

– Signal Collision

Business of Year 16+ Employees

Awarded to a business with 16 plus full time equivalent employees that has been established for more than three years. The well-rounded recipient is regarded as an industry leader with a strong reputation for their business success.

Sponsor: College of the Rockies

NOMINEES

– Cranbrook Dodge

– Fab Rite Services Ltd.

– Golden Life Management

– New Dawn Developments Ltd.

– Rocky Mountain Diesel & R M Collision

– Top Crop  Garden, Farm & Pet

 Retail Excellence

Awarded to a business that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the retail sector. The recipient is a Cranbrook retail leader with evidence of sustainable growth, commercial success, and community involvement.

Sponsor: Tamarack Centre

NOMINEES

– The Bedroom Furniture Galleries

– The Flower Pot

– Just Liquid Sports

– Mike’s Autowash

– Muriel & Jane’s

– The Paw Shop

 Non Profit Organization of Year

Awarded to an organization, in any industry sector, that is a not for profit organization, society, or charity dedicated to making a difference within the sphere of their stated goals and objectives.

Sponsor: Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

NOMINEES

– Blue Lake Forest Education Society

– Community Connections Society of Southeast BC

– Cranbrook Society for Community Living

– EK Foundation for Health

– EK SPCA

– JCI Kootenay

– Key City Gymnastics

– MADD

– Royal Canadian Legion

– Sam Steele Society

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding entrepreneur age 30 and under that has distinguished themselves by building their own business or as part of the decision making management team of an existing business. 

Sponsor: New Dawn Developments Ltd.

NOMINEES

– Ari Kupritz

– Chase Thielen

– Dustin Willoughby

– Jason de Rijk

– Kim Shypitka

– Kya Dubois

– Melissa Hambalek

– Stephanie Moore

Hospitality & Tourism

Awarded to a company which demonstrates a commitment to excellence in the areas of hospitality and tourism. This company goes above and beyond providing extraordinary customer service and recognizes the importance of hospitality.

Sponsor: College of the Rockies

NOMINEES

– Elizabeth Lake Lodge

– Just Liquid Sports

– Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo

– Royal Canadian Legion

– The Heid Out  & Fisher Peak Brewing Co.

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

 


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