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Posted: April 7, 2015

Chamber ready to hand out awards Saturday

Overture, curtains, lights

This is it; you’ll hit the heights

And oh what heights we’ll hit

On with the show this is it.

– (With apologies to Bugs Bunny)

stepavilionThe gala event of the year for the Cranbrook business community is set for this Saturday night at St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino.

The sold out 2015 Business Excellence Awards will see honours being handed out in 11 wide and diverse categories reflecting the cross section of the business community.

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce executive director David D. Hull is extremely pleased with the response to the awards process and gala event.

“I am so impressed with the overall number and high level of nominees, the interview and selection process, and the plans for the gala event this Saturday.”

Saturday’s gala will be hosted by the returning emcee duo of Kyla Cornish and D’arcy Kennedy.

CCCee11Known for their improvisational and observational humour Cornish and Kennedy have promised to ‘stick to the script’ and ensure the event is conducted in a resplendent and dignified manner… as best as they can.

“The awards are a celebration of excellence and distinction,” said Hull. “Saturday we come together and celebrate the entirety our business community and tip our hats to those that have been identified as leaders in their industry or sector.”

The following lists the categories and nominees up for an award at the gala.

New Business of the Year

Sponsor: Community Futures East Kootenay

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.


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

Sponsor: Downtown Business Association

Awarded to a business with 1-15 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.


The Bedroom Furniture Plus

Caliper Machine & Hydraulics Ltd.

Durango’s Lounge

Genex Marketing

The Hearing Loss Clinic

Just Liquid Sports

Koko Beach Tanning & Hair Salon

Max’s Place

The Playpen Pet Boarding & Grooming

Taylor Adams Chartered Accountants

Business Person of the Year

Sponsor: Banking Association of Cranbrook

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.


Mike Adams

Mike Hambalek

Chad Jensen

Chase Thielen

Chris Thom

Tom White

Professional Services Excellence

Sponsor: Columbia Basin Trust

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.


Ataraxia Spa

Cranbrook Auto Repair

Guidance Planning Strategies

Leanne M. Cutts, CGA

Naked Yeti Waxing

RDEK Director of Communications Loree Duczek

Rella, Paolini & Rogers

Sandy Smith Personal Real Estate Corporation

Business Services Excellence

Sponsor: Koocanusa Publications

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.


Bank of Montreal – Theresa Larson

B104 & The Drive

e-KNOW (East Kootenay News Online Weekly)

Robert Venier, CFP BMO Nesbitt Burns

Signal Collision

Business of Year 16+ Employees

Sponsor: St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino

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.


Cranbrook Dodge

Fab Rite Services Ltd.

Golden Life Management

New Dawn Developments Ltd.

Rocky Mountain Diesel & R M Collision

Top Crop Garden, Farm & Pet

Retailer Excellence

Sponsor: The Tamarack Centre

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.


The Bedroom Furniture Galleries

The Flower Pot

Just Liquid Sports

Mike’s Autowash

Muriel & Jane’s

The Paw Shop

Non Profit Organization of Year

Sponsor: Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

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.


Blue Lake Forest Education Society

Community Connections Society of Southeast BC

Cranbrook Society for Community Living

East Kootenay Foundation for Health


JCI Kootenay

Key City Gymnastics


Royal Canadian Legion

Sam Steele Society

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsor: New Dawn Developments Ltd.

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.


Jason de Rijk

Kya Dubois

Melissa Hambalek

Ari Kupritz

Stephanie Moore

Kim Shypitka

Chase Thielen

Dustin Willoughby

Hospitality & Tourism

Sponsor: The College of the Rockies

Awarded to a company that 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.


Elizabeth Lake Lodge

The Heid Out  & Fisher Peak Brewing Co.

Just Liquid Sports

Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo

Royal Canadian Legion

Submitted by Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

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