• BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

    Each year the Summerland Chamber of Commerce holds its Business and Community Excellence Awards Gala, celebrating individuals and businesses who have contributed to the fabric and growth of our community. Their entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and best business practices are to be commended.

    With fifteen separate categories, including Best Business and Citizen of the Year, the Summerland Chamber of Commerce seeks to recognize those who have helped move our community and economic vision forward. 

    80th Annual Business & Community Excellence Awards Schedule:

    January 5: Nominations open (To complete the online form click here)

    January 25: Nominations close

    February 2: Nominees Reception (Arena Banquet Hall, 5:00pm - 7:00pm)

    February 7th: Voting Opens

    February 20: Voting Closes

    March 3rd:  80th Annual Summerland Business & Community Excellence Awards (Centre Stage Theatre, 7:00pm - 11:00pm)
    Attendees at the Awards Gala will enjoy an 'Oscar style' evening with:

    • Live Music
    • Amazing Performances by Kinshira's glow dancers, contact juggling and acrobats
    • Signature Cocktail
    • Delicious Fresh Bites
    • Live and Silent Auctions
    • Refreshing Local Wine and Beer at the cash bar.

    Tickets are available through the Chamber office.

  • Award winners pose for a photo at the 79th Annual Business & Community Award Ceremony on March 11, 2017.

  • Nominees take a group photo at the 79th Annual Award Nominee reception on February 11, 2017.

  • Award silent auction prizes

    Todd Laidlaw, owner of True grain Bread Summerland, accepts the 2016 Business of the year Award.

  • To see a list of 2016 award winners and nominees click here.

  • 2017 AwardS

    Business Awards

    Business of the Year Award sponsored by the Summerland Credit Union

    The economic health of Summerland is dependent upon the entrepreneurial spirit of our business community. This award recognizes an exceptional Summerland business whose commitment to overall best business practice, customer service, employee relations, superior marketing and social media strategies, and positive public image leads the way and sets an example within our business community. This business is a well respected leader in our community.

    2017 Winner - True Grain Bread Summerland

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

    Rising Star/New Business Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

    This award recognizes a business that has been operating for less than two years. The business has demonstrated strong potential via growth, innovation, and leadership during the first years of operation. Additionally, the business has demonstrated a culture of risk-taking and trailblazing and has positioned itself to achieve similar successes in the future.

    Winner - Main Street Yoga

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

    Sustainability Leader Award sponsored by SummerGate Winery 

    The Sustainability Leader Award recognizes any business that operates in an environmentally responsible manner and/or produces a product that reduces natural resource consumption, supports local community and supports the local economy. This award celebrates excellence in green practice, strategy and products, seeking out the most innovative, ambitious and effective initiatives by Summerland businesses for achieving environmental sustainability, and implementing smart business practice.

    Winner - Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

    Technology and Innovation Excellence Award sponsored by Accelerate Okanagan

    This award will be given to a business that has used science and/or technology to create a business concept that is new or unique, or has applied innovative improvements to existing processes, products, or services that enhance their business. 

    Winner - ET2media

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

     

    Award for Excellence in Agriculture sponsored by Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive Winery Association 

    This award will be presented to any business, including farms, that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement and or the promotion of the agricultural industry/Summerland's agricultural reputation.

    Winner - It's a Tie: LocalMotive Organic Delivery & Okanagan Crush Pad

    and What the Fungus

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

     

    Professional Services Excellence Award sponsored by Brown Benefits

    The Professional Services Excellence Award recognizes a professional in the community who has provided superior professional services to a client or customer. This company or business owner has exceeded the expectations of their clients. The professional represents a diverse group of Summerland businesses and can be defined as someone who has received specific training and specializes in a particular field.

    Winner - Summerland Credit Union

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

     

     

    Trade Services Excellence Award sponsored by Alder Street Auto Body

    The Trade Services Excellence Award recognizes a tradesperson in the community who has provided superior trades services to a client or customer. This company or business owner has exceeded the expectations of their clients.

    Winner - Integra Tire Auto Centre

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

     

    Manufacturing/Industrial Excellence Award sponsored by Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

    The Manufacturing/Industrial Excellence Award is presented to a business that has strengthened the economic base of Summerland through development, manufacturing or fabrication of a product. Innovation, growth and sustainability are attributes this business demonstrates.

    Winner - Backyard Beans Coffee

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by IGA Summerland

    The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes a Summerland resident who is 40 years or younger and has shown an entrepreneurial spirit in their dedication and commitment to our community through their interest in business, leadership, peer mentoring and personal achievement.

    Winner - Kari Harding, Rock Star District

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

     

     

    Tourism/Hospitality Excellence Award sponsored by Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

    An individual, business or organization that has promoted Summerland as a tourist destination and that promotion has led to a positive impact on the economic health of our community. This award winner works well with others in the industry and shows leadership by the use of cross-promotions and innovative marketing strategies.

    Winner - Zias Stonehouse Restaurant

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

    Retail Excellence Award sponsored by the Summerland Review

    Skilled retailing requires an attention for detail in aesthetics, atmosphere, location and merchandise. The Retailing Excellence Award recognizes a retailer who has been proactive to changing market trends, embraced new technology or ideas and has combined skilled marketing with good selling practices. This retailer is a leader in the merchant community. Strong relationships with employees and customers are essential.

    Winner - IGA Summerland

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

    Community Awards

    Award for Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by RE/MAX Orchard Country.

    This award will be given to an employee who demonstrates a high standard of customer service in one or all of the following: customer relations, anticipating and meeting customer needs, providing outstanding service, and exceeding expectations.

    Winner - Johanne Roy – Nesters Market Summerland

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

    The Arts Award sponsored by the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa

    Nominees in this category may include an individual, a business,  group, organization or a particular event that contributes to a vibrant community by celebrating arts, culture and/or heritage.

    Winner - Maureen King

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

     

    Citizen/Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Nesters Market

    The Citizen/Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a Summerland individual who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to the people of Summerland and who inspires others by their volunteer commitment to the community. This community leader is motivated by their desire to support Summerland and gives freely of their time, talents and energy in local organizations, festivals and special projects.‚Äč

    Winner - Grant Stone

    2018 Nominations are now open! Nominate a business for this award here.

     

    Excellence in Community Youth Leadership Award sponsored by Neighbourlink

    The Excellence in Community Youth Leadership Award recognizes a local Secondary School senior student who has demonstrated dedication to the community of Summerland by their volunteer commitements and youth leadership. This young leader is motivated by their desire to support Summerland and gives freely of their time, talents and energy to local groups, festivals and special projects. Nominations can come from anyone in the community and will be voted on by the whole community.

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