2016 Business Excellence Awards winners. File photo

Celebrating the best of business in the Valley

Business Excellence Awards Monday, October 23rd

The premier event of the year is almost here. The 19th annual Business Excellence Awards will celebrate the best in local business at a gala dinner and awards celebration.

For the past five months, nominations have been open to the public to vote on their top picks in a number of categories, including retailer of the year, rising star, employee of the year, and more.

A few categories were switched up for the 19th annual awards, reported Susan Clovechok, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director, such as making a ‘game changer’ category for a business, organization, individual or group of individuals that have developed or adopted an innovative concept, process or product that demonstrates creativity in problem solving or business practices.

“It’s someone who’s changing it up, who’s making a difference, even in the most subtle of ways,” said Mrs. Clovechok. “I thought it would be interesting to see who people are noticing in the community as making a difference. Someone who is stepping out of the box, someone taking a risk.”

The event itself has taken a turn too. Instead of the typical wine reception at the start of the night, the Chamber has partnered with Taynton Bay Distillery, Rocky River Grill, and The Station Pub, to bring a signature cocktail to kick off the night.

The reception takes place at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6. Awards are spaced throughout the evening so by 8 p.m., the keynote speaker is welcomed to the stage. Patrick Francey, entrepreneur, business leader and host of ‘The Everyday Millionaire’ podcast, is this year’s special guest.

Mrs. Clovechok has known Mr. Francey for close to 30 years and seen him rise to fame from a humble skate store owner to an “incredibly successful” business person.

“He coaches people on how to invest, how to run their business, how to be successful, and how to get the most out of their life and realize their full potential,” Mrs. Clovechok describes.

The Business Excellence Awards takes place this year at the Great Hall at Panorama Mountain Village, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 23rd. Tickets are $70 plus GST. It includes a cocktail reception and 3-course family style dinner.

Panorama Mountain Village is also offering a special discounted rate for those that want to make a night of it and stay over.

The Chamber has been collecting the nominations for months now, with the cutoff for responses yesterday (Wednesday, October 11th). Now, a selection committee comprised of representatives from government, business, and trades, will gather and narrow down the top five in each category, with the ultimate winners announced at the awards night. Businesses must be Chamber of Commerce members to win.

The event is always a sell-out so the Chamber urges people to buy their tickets now.

Tickets are available through the Chamber of Commerce office; call 250-342-2844 or email info@cvcchamber.ca.

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