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Kelowna Chamber announces Business Excellence Awards finalists

A total of 30 Kelowna businesses are still in the running for the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

The judges have narrowed down the 62 semi-finalists and will announce the winners on Oct. 13 at the Delta Grand Okanagan at their 29th annual gala.

One business or individual in each of the 10 categories will receive a crystal award, in addition to the 2017 Business Leader of the Year.

The Business Excellence Finalists for 2016:

Rising Star Award:

BNA Eatery & Brewery
Intraline Canada Inc.
Stikshen Inc.

<who> Photo Credit: BNA Eatery & Brewery on Facebook. </who> BNA is up for the Rising Star Award.

Small Business Award (1-15 employees):

Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd.
Highstreet Ventures
i-sight Optometry
Touchstone Law Group LLP

Mid-Size Business Award (16-50 employees):

Associated Property Management
Diversified Rehabilitation Group
Venture Academy

<who> Photo Credit: Hatch Interior Design on Facebook. </who> Hatch Interior Design is in the running for Young Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Social Entrepreneurship Award:

Two Hat/Community Sift
Mamas for Mamas
Urban Matters CCC

Young Entrepreneurs of the Year:

Rachel Clarida, Hatch Interior Design
William Walczak, Hiilite
Ariele Parker, martketer inc.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> KelownaNow's own Csek Creative is up for best marketer.

Sustainability Award:

Ogo Car Share
Evergreen Building Maintenance

Distinction in Hospitality and Tourism Award:

Gray Monk Estate Winery
Let's Go Transportation
The Harvest Golf Club

<who> Photo Credit: Gray Monk Estate Winery on Facebook. </who> Gray Monk Estate Winery is up against some strong competition in the Distinction in Hospitality and Tourism category.

Marketer of the Year Award:

Csek Creative + Pulse
Fortune Marketing Inc.

Technology/Innovation Award:

AAA Internet Publishing Inc. (WTFast)
Cape Communications
Lighthouse Chiropractic

<who> Photo Credit: Sun-Rype Products Ltd. </who> Sun-Rype is one of the large Kelowna businesses up for an award.

Large Business Award (51+ employees):

Natures Formulae Health Products Ltd.
Northside Industries
Sun-Rype Products Ltd.

Business Leader of the Year:

The recipient of the Business Leader of the Year award will be released in a statement one week before the Awards ceremony.

Early bird tickets to the Fire & Ice themed gala are $105 until Sep. 23 at 4 p.m.. Ticket cost will then increase to the regular price of $125. Discounts are also available on table purchases. All ticket sales will close Oct. 7 at 4 p.m..

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