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Chamber reveals Business Excellence finalists

September 8, 2016 6:27 P.M.
Joshua Knaak, MC of Thursday's Business Excellence Awards announcement.

Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and TD announced their finalists Thursday evening for the 30th annual Business Excellence Awards at a special event hosted by Kamloops Lincoln.

About 200 people turned out for the announcement, crowding into the dealership's lobby to see who made the cut.

"This is Kamloops Ford Lincoln's fifth year of hosting this event and this is by far the biggest turnout we've had," said Steve Davidson, general manager of the dealership.

“The chamber is proud of our business community and therefore, we believe, to reach this stage of award finalist is a major achievement," said chamber president Ryan Scorgie. "We look forward to revealing the recipients of our 18 Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 22."

"These finalists have made a real impact in our community and we wish them all good luck,” said Lindy Baird, TD branch manager.

The 48 independent selection committee members now have the task of interviewing each finalist to determine the winners of the coveted Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and TD Business Excellence Awards. 

Winners of the awards will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards Gala, to be held the evening of Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. The gala event always sells out early, so the public is advised to reserve their seats soon. 

Tickets are available for $135+GST ($115+GST for Chamber members) at or by calling the chamber office at 250.372.7722.

2016 Business Excellence Awards Finalists:
City of Kamloops
Community Service Award
·         Kamloops Ford Lincoln
·         Kelson Group Property Management
·         Kent Wong Photography

Rocky Mountaineer
Environmental Stewardship Award
·         Habitat for Humanity Kamloops ReStore
·         New Gold Inc. New Afton Mine
·         The Afternoon Auxiliary to the Royal Inland Hospital

BDC Business Development Bank
Manufacturer Award
·         Domtar Inc. (Kamloops Pulp Mill)
·         Fresh Is Best Salsa Company Inc.
·         Horizon North Logistics

Venture Kamloops
Resource Industry Award
·         Domtar Inc. (Kamloops Pulp Mill)
·         Lightship Works Inc.
·         Trout Creek Enterprises

Westland Insurance Group Ltd
Retailer Award 1 - 10 Staff
·         Andres Electronic Experts
·         Gord's Appliance + Mattress Centre
·         Harper's Trail Estate Winery

Aberdeen Mall
Retailer Award 11+ Staff
·         Fresh Is Best Salsa Company Inc.
·         Lyons Landscaping
·         Mark's

Berwick on the Park
Service Provider Award 1 - 10 Staff
·         Excel Personnel Inc.
·         Kent Wong Photography
·         Summit Gourmet Meats

Kamloops Lincoln
Service Provider Award 11+ Staff
·         Four Star Communications Inc.
·         Hotel 540
·         Tenisci Piva LLP

Technology Innovator Award 
·         Hummingbird Drones Inc.
·         iTel Networks Inc.
·         Lightship Works Inc.

TRU Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts & Tourism and Tourism Sun Peaks
Tourism Award
·         DoubleTree by Hilton Kamloops
·         Hotel 540
·         Rainbow's Roost
·         TasteFull Excursions Inc.

Project of the Year
·         Cascades Casino Kamloops
·         City of Kamloops
·         Kamloops Wineries Association

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre
Employer of the Year
·         iTel Networks Inc.
·         Lightship Works Inc.
·         Volkswagen of Kamloops

United Way
Not-For-Profit of the Year
·         BIG Little Science Centre
·         Interior Community Services
·         St. John Ambulance

TRU School of Business and Economics
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
·         Dr. Russell Ebata | Ebata Eyecare Optometry
·         Danielle Fauteux | All by Design
·         Jesse Faubert | Common Sound
·         Brittany Strebchuk | Aglow Bridal Lounge

KGHM International - Ajax Project
Small Business of the Year
·         D-JUNK Enterprises Co. Ltd
·         Kamloops Naturopathic Clinic
·         Lizzie Bits Baby Co.

Excel Personnel
Business Person of the Year
·         Steve Davidson | Kamloops Ford Lincoln
·         Greg Munden | Munden Ventures Ltd
·         Gavin Rasmussen | K&C's Construction & Renovations Ltd

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