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Record number of nominees for Summerland Business Excellence Awards announced

The nominations are in for the Summerland Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Executive director David D. Hull said he was “extremely pleased” to see a record 72 nominations accepted.

He added: “The dramatic increase in nominations is directly related to the changes made this year in how the award recipients are selected”.

“In previous years the award recipient was determined by a voting process. The awards are intended to be a recognition of business excellence and not a popularity contest. This year each nominee will meet with a three-person panel adjudicating their respective award category.”

The judging takes place between March 5–7, when nominees must meet with a panel for 30 minutes to discuss their business.

“Everywhere I have employed this system the nominees exit their interview saying they really enjoyed meeting with the panel," Hull said.

“Entrepreneurs really like to talk about their business, successes, and plans going forward.”

The awards night is planned for March 30 at the Centre Stage Theatre, where tickets will cost $35.

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Below is the full list of categories and nominees:

Accredited Professional Services Excellence

Giants Head Dental

Avery Law

Royal LePage Parkside Realty - Summerland

Bell Jacoe & Company

Yvonne Whiting Notary Public

Agriculture & Agri-Business Excellence

Okanagan Specialty Fruits

Summerland Varieties

Saxon Estate Winery

Apple Barn

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

Dickinson Family Farm

Pro-Ag Equipment Repair

Business of the Year

Back in Line Physical Therapy

Swiss Solar Tech

Sass Boutique

Verity Electrical Contracting

Evolution Athletics

ABK Restoration Services

The BeadTrails Experience

Streamline Mechanical

Business Person of the Year

Erick Thompson - ET2 Media

Dianne Mayhew - Beauty & the Brit

Gillilan Stohler - SummerGate Winery

Brian Callow - What the Fungus

Business to Business Excellence

Meritage Viticulture Services

Open Skies Media

Maple Roch Pure Maple Syrup

Angella Dykstra Chartered Professional Accountant

Customer Service Excellence

Beauty Box

Esthetics By Nicole

True Grain

Petkau Infotech

Your Dollar Store With More

Summerland Taxi

Summerland Library

Summerland Dental Centre

Davan Ventures

Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy

Edward Jones – Victoria Ave.

Ogopogo Meats & Sausages

Hospitality and Tourism Excellence

Summerland Sweets/Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery

Ogopogo Tours

Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa

Jewell Ranch & Wellness Retreat

La Punta Norte Guest Inn

Kettle Valley Steam Railway

Manufacturing & Production Excellence

AAA Aluminum Products

Range Rider (R&R Plastics)

Interior Stainless

Ripley Stainless

Arrow Industries/Arrow Truck Caps

John Rousseau Design

New Business of the Year

iKhaya Day Spa

Koncept Kalifornia

Purple Hemp

Burns Mechanical

Giants Head Barbershop

The Chalk House

Non Profit Organization of the Year

Summerland Health Care Auxiliary

Ryga Arts Festival

South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services

Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group

Agur Lake Camp Society

Retailer of the Year

Rustic & Refined

Summerland Liquor Store

Nesters Market

The Suburban Princess

Carls Flower Company

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Mark Sheriff - Deputy Diesel Performance

Karl, Konrad, & Robert Nehring - Monkey Puzzle Construction

Amanda Frankham - Summerland School of Dance

Tyson Felt - Heavens Gate Estate Winery

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