Published On: Friday, 08 June 2018

Last Call for Tickets to 1st Annual Grant Thornton LLP Thompson Okanagan BE Awards

KELOWNA – A few tickets are available First Annual Grant Thornton LLP Thompson Okanagan Business Excellence Awards, set for the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna on Thursday, June 14.

Tickets are $125 plus GST, and sales will close Wednesday, June 14 at 10 a.m. and are available through www.businessexaminer.ca/events.

80 Finalists are up for awards in 17 categories, with the companies listed in their categories below.

Grant Thornton LLP is the Title Platinum Sponsor for the event, and Innov8 Digital Solutions is in as a Gold Sponsor. Category sponsors include RBC Royal Bank, Sandler TrainingBusiness Development Bank of CanadaDiversified Rehabilitation Group and 101.5 EZ Rock Bell Media.Black Press is the Print Media Sponsor for the event, coordinated byBusiness Examiner Thompson Okanagan newspaper.

Tamara Joel, the morning host of 101.5 EZ Rock radio, is the MC.

A team of independent judges located throughout the Thompson Okanagan region have adjudicated the nominations. They are Jim Anderson, Executive Director of Venture KamloopsGlenn Mandziuk, President and CEO of Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association; andAnthony Haddad of Penticton’s Economic Development Office.

There are 17 Categories in the awards.

The finalists are, in each category:

Automotive Business of the Year

Current Taxi of Kelowna, Great Canadian Oil Change of Kelowna and Zimmer Wheaton of Kamloops.

Community Builder of the Year

COWORK Penticton, Get Bent Yoga and Dance of Penticton, Interior Savings Credit Union of Lake Country, The Crate Escape Dog Adventures of Vernon, UBR Services Printing and Copies of Lake Country.

Construction & Development Business of the Year

3rd Generation Homes of Kelowna, Chriscan Construction of Kelowna, Gibson Contracting of Lake Country, Highstreet Ventures of Kelowna.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Frequency Healing Centre of Penticton, Moments Under Frame of Penticton, Redhead Mare of Penticton, SheDevil Delights of Coldstream, Splendid Bastard Beard Supply of Penticton and The Beauty Bar of Vernon.

Food Production Business of the Year

Maple Roch Pure Canadian Maple of Coldstream, Noble Pig of Kamloops,Pulse Kitchen of Penticton, True Grain Bread of Summerland and Wine Crush of Penticton.

Green Business of the Year

Grasslands Nursery of Summerland, ROOST Solar of Vernon and Swiss Solar Tech Ltd. of Summerland.

Health Care Business of the Year

Carrington Dental Centre of West Kelowna, Lakeshore Physiotherapy of Salmon Arm, Nalu Massage Therapy and Wellness of Lake Country, One Step Footcare of Vernon, Orthoquest of Kelowna and Sun City Physiotherapy of Kelowna.

Manufacturing Business of the Year

Axis Forestry Inc. of Kamloops, Geometrik Manufacturing of Kelowna, Northside Industries of West Kelowna, Riversong Guitars of Kamloops, Robertson Manufacturing of Kamloops, Scorpion Technologies of Kamloops and Vitalis Extraction of Kelowna.

Professional Services Business of the Year

Black Bean Design of Kelowna, Chahal Priddle LLP of Kamloops, KENT Employment Law of Kelowna and Refresh Financial of Kelowna.

Restaurant of the Year

Brodo Kitchen of Penticton, The Nest & Nectar of Penticton and Zia’s Stonehouse Restaurant of Summerland.

Retail Business of the Year

Cobbler’s Rack and Shoe of Vernon, Main Street Clothing of Kamloops, Petland of Kamloops and Pickle Ball Depot of Vernon.

Technology Business of the Year

Big Bear Software Ltd. of Penticton, International Bar Coding of Penticton, Perfit of Kelowna, Two Hat of Kelowna and XCo Inc. of Penticton.

Tourism Business of the Year

Glow SUP Adventures of Penticton, Hoodoo Adventures of Penticton, Sip Happens Wine Tours of Lake Country, and Treetop Flyers Zipline of Chase.

Trades Business of the Year

Conroy Exteriors of Kelowna, Duffy Baker Construction of Penticton, OK Excavating of Kelowna and SK Form & Finish Inc. of Kelowna.

Winery Business of the Year

Dirty Laundry Winery of Summerland, Poplar Grove of Penticton, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery of Summerland and The Vibrant Vine of Kelowna.

Small Business of the Year (Under 50 Employees)

Caufields Engraving of Vernon, Get in the Loop of Kelowna, Hummingbird Drones of Kamloops, Of the Land Productions of Penticton, Oxygen Yoga and Fitness of Kelowna, Points West – Audio Visual | Acoustics | Healthcare of Kelowna and Visual Signs and Printing of Kamloops.

Business of the Year (Over 50 Employees)

Bananatag of Kelowna, Nature’s Fare Markets of Vernon, QHR Technology of Kelowna, Quaaout Lodge & Spa of Chase, SQM Group of Vernon and Yeti Farm Creative of Kelowna.

Winners will be highlighted in the July issue of Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan newspaper.

Tickets for the event are $125 plus GST, and available throughwww.businessexaminer.ca/events.