Thirty-five finalists were honoured at the 28th Annual Business Excellence Awards presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
The Business Excellence Award Recipients for 2015:
RISING STAR AWARD: Cottage Quilting Ltd.
Sponsored by: FortisBC
MICRO BUSINESS AWARD (1-3 employees): CareSmart Seniors Consulting
Sponsored by: Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (4-15 employees): Bellamy Homes
Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union
MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees): SK Form & Finish Inc.
Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AWARD: Habitat for Humanity
Sponsored by: Urban Systems Ltd.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD: AJ Hazzi, Vantage West Realty Inc.
Sponsored by: Accelerate Okanagan
SUSTAINABILITY AWARD: Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Sponsored by: Interior Savings Credit Union
DISTINCTION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARD: Hotel Eldorado
Sponsored by: Tourism Kelowna
MARKETER AWARD: martketer inc.
Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP
TECHNOLOGY/INNOVATION AWARD: TELUS
Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan
LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees): Emil Anderson Construction
Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR: Theresa Arsenault
Sponsored by: MNP LLP
Eleven recipients were presented with awards among a crowd of 350 supporters, with a festive enthusiasm that reflected the passion, entrepreneurial & community spirit of the region.
Platinum sponsors for the awards included the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP.
Photo: Young entrepreneur award winner AJ Hazzi is developing Kelowna's first green street.