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Here are the finalists for the Kelowna Business Excellence Awards

From a pet resort, lawyers, restaurateurs and a big grocer to a sign company, dancers, a water park and a makeup artist.

They’ve all made the list of finalists for the 2023 Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Businesses Excellence Awards.

“This event is one of my favourites of the many we host throughout the year,” said chamber chair Dan Price of Sun Life Global Investments.

“Having so many top-notch contenders for these awards tells us that Kelowna and our surrounding area continue to be home to a level of business excellence that matches that of any city in the country.”

</who>Dan Price is the chair of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce board.

The theme of this year’s 36th annual awards is ‘Rise Up’ – reference to how businesses literally and figuratively have to ‘rise up’ in order to thrive in this post-pandemic, near-recession, wildfire-and-smoke environment.

Now that the list of finalists is out (see below), judges will start visiting the finalists’ place of business to find out more and choose winners.

Those winners will be announced at the Nov. 17 Rise Up Gala at the Delta Grand hotel.

Tickets, which are $195 each, to attend the gala are now on sale here:

</who>Missy MacKintosh of MisMacK Clean Cosmetics is a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category of the 36th annual Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

There’s a new category – People’s Choice Business of the Year – in which the winner won’t be decided by the judges, but by you.

Interactive Counselling, Kelowna Pet Resort and Supplement King are the finalists for the People’s Choice.

You can vote for your favourite until Nov. 3 at:

</who>Splash BC, which operates Wibit Water Parks, is a finalist in the Excellence in Tourism category.

The Business Leader of the Year category also works differently.

A list of finalists isn’t released for this category.

Instead an independent panel of judges picks the winner, who will be revealed a week or so before the Nov. 17 awards to hype the gala.

The winner will also be at the awards to be honoured.

The judges’ panel is seeking additional nominees to be considered for Business Leader of the Year.

Make your suggestion by Tuesday at 9 am at:

2022’s Business Leader of the Year was Brea Lake of Accelerate Okanagan.

Drumroll please for the 2023 finalists:


Large Business of the Year

  • Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing

  • FH&P Lawyers

2022 winner: Northside Industries

People’s Choice Business of the Year (new category)

  • Interactive Counselling

  • Kelowna Pet Resort

  • Supplement King Kelowna

</who>Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao own and operate RauDZ Creative Concepts (the restaurants RauDZ Regional Table, The Okanagan Table and Sunny’s Modern Diner), which is a finalist in the Mid-Size Business of the Year category.

Mid-Size Business of the Year

  • RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd.

  • Secure-Rite Mobile Storage

2022 winner: Modern PURAIR

Small Business of the Year

  • BlackBean Marketing Ltd.

  • Potentia HR

2022 winner: Strut Footwear

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Ashton Olsen of E-Kruise

  • Missy MacKintosh of MisMacK Clean Cosmetics

2022 winner: Dr. Harmony Mir of Harmony Chiropractic

Indigenous Business of the Year

  • Fireweeds Boutique

  • Sncewips Heritage Museum

2022 winner: First Nations Finance Authority

Rising Star Business of the Year

  • Do Gooders

  • EntheoMed

2022 winner: Fortune Creek

Excellence in Tourism

  • Sncewips Heritage Museum

  • Splash BC (Wibit) Water Parks

2022 winner: Oyama Adventure Park

Excellence in Agriculture

  • K.L.O. Farm Market

  • There & Back Again Farms

2022 winner: AgriForest Bio Technologies

Excellence in Business Ethics

  • Manchester Signs, Printing & Graphics

  • The MAKR Group

2022 winner: Okanagan Restoration

Technology Innovator of the Year

  • AgriForest Bio-Technologies Ltd.

  • V-Metrics

2022 winner: Innovative Aerospace

Excellence in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

  • Peter’s Your Independent Grocer

  • Vadium Security

2022 winner: Tranq Sleep Care

Excellence in Community Impact (new category)

  • BrainTrust Canada

  • Dress for Success Kelowna

Not-for-Profit Excellence

  • CMHA Kelowna and District

  • KGH Foundation

2022 winner: Mamas for Mamas

Arts and Entertainment Achievement

  • Rotary Centre for the Arts

  • The Kore Dance Project

2022 winner: Sncewips Heritage Museum

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