The Summerland Chamber of Commerce will present the 78th Annual Business and Community Awards on Saturday, February 27th. These awards celebrate entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, best business practices, contribution to the economy and to the community.
59 businesses and individuals have been nominated in 11 categories, which is a 35% increase in nominations over last year. The nominees are as follows:
Business of the Year, sponsored by Summerland Credit Union: Bead Trails, Dirty Laundry Vineyard, Interior Ink Works, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Summerland Dental Centre, SWC General Contracting, The Suburban Princess, True Grain Bread, and What the Fungus.
Citizen /Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Nesters Market: Awarded since 1938, this year’s nominees are Paul Barber and Charlotte Burley, Dave and Alison Carleton, Sue Eden, Karen Hooper, Ayman Kanaan, Maryana (Mirjana) Komljenovic, Mary Trainer, Ellen Walker-Matthews, Denise Whittaker, and Ingrid Wuensche.
Rising Star/New Business, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank: Artisans of the Okanagan, Back Door Winery, Beauty Box Studio Inc., Dominion Cider Co., Drew’s Kitchen, Essential Fire Protection Ltd., Esthetics by Nicole, Maximus Vineyard Management, Summerland Sunday Market, Sing Your Song Studios, Synergy Home Inspections, and Tammy’s Brush 2 Canvas.
Young Entrepreneur, sponsored by Bottleneck Drive Winery Association: Jess Repetowski of Signwave Signs, Corrine Inman of Morpheus Graphix and Publications, and Carrie Mayes of Peanuts and Pumpkins Kids Shop.
Tourism/ Hospitality Excellence, sponsored by Sumac Ridge Estate Winery: Kettle Valley Steam Railway, Mike West of Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, and TH Wines.
Trade Services Excellence, sponsored by Alder Street Auto Body: Deputy Diesel Performance, GPH Mechanical, Summerland Glass and Mirror, and Summerland Tirecraft Auto Centre.
Professional Services Excellence, sponsored by Brown Benefits: Beauty & the Brit, Chantelle Meriam of Edward Jones, Interior Ink Works, Morpheus Graphix and Publications, Terry Sedawie of RBC Royal Bank, Mike Stohler of RE/MAX Orchard Country, Sue Eden of Royal LePage Parkside Realty, Summerland Dental Centre, and Tones Hair Design.
Retail Excellence, sponsored by the Summerland Review: Cherry Tree Quilts, Summerland Home Hardware, The Suburban Princess, Summerland Builders Mart (TIM-BR Mart), and Your Dollar Store With More.
Sustainability Leader, sponsored by IGA Summerland: Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, Strachan Consulting, SummerGate Winery, and What the Fungus.
Manufacturing/Industrial Excellence, sponsored by Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen: Okanagan Vinegar Brewery and lone tree coffee.
Technology and Innovation, sponsored by Accelerate Okanagan: Cordillera Consulting, ElectroMotion Energy, and What the Fungus.
All of the award nominees will be honoured at a Nominees Reception sponsored by Nesters Market on Thursday, January 28th.
Two finalists will be chosen for each category on February 1st. The business community will be able to vote electronically on the finalists from February 3 – 18. The general public will also be invited to vote electronically for the finalists in the Citizen/Volunteer of the Year award. All awards will be presented at the Gala.
The Mayor’s Award of Excellence, given at the Mayor’s discretion to a local organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the community, will also be presented at that time.
The Gala will be held on Saturday, February 27th at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and is catered by Local Lounge*Grille.