2016 LAKE COUNTRY BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALISTS
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INNOVATIVE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
FINALISTS - Tuff Industries, Odette's Skin Laser Wellness Clinic

CUSTOMER SERVICE OF THE YEAR
FINALISTS - Oyama Zipline, Chantana Thai Food, Nor-Val Rentals

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
FINALISTS - John Beales Accounting, Health First Chiropractic, Dr. Sokolowski Dentist

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
FINALISTS - Teo's Mexican Restaurant, Lake Country Ace Hardware, Sole Revival, Sweet Legs

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
FINALISTS - Julie Schultz UBR Services, Shannon Campbell L'Isola Bella, Alex Ambrozy IGA

TOURISM ENHANCEMENT AWARD
FINALISTS - Oyama Zipline, Sip Happens Wine Tours, Kangaroo Creek Farm

SMALL BUSINESS AWARD
FINALISTS - Rooster's Barber Shop, Chantana's Thai Restaurant, Nor-Val Rentals

AGRICULTURAL INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
FINALIST - Rose Family Orchard

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
FINALIST - TBA

COMMUNITRY BOOSTER AWARD
FINALISTS - Save On Foods, Connect Communities, Lake Country Health Planning

GERRY MORTON AWARD
Duane Thomson (Rail Trail), Joy Haxton (Food Bank), Shannon Paul-Jost (Health Planning), Jim Clipperton (Nor- Val Rentals

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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The Lake Country Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is proud to be celebrating our 14th Anniversary in 2016. Long considered to be the premiere business event of the year, the Business Excellence Awards are a high profile, prestigious accomplishment for Lake Country businesses.

Please nominate a deserving business for an award, nominate multiple businesses for awards or nominate a business for multiple awards.

Tickets for this great event are will be available at the Lake Country Chamber office closer to the date of the event. Please watch for updates regarding details.

Sponsorship opportunities for this event and awards are available by calling Kim at 250-766-5670 or manager@lakecountrychamber.com

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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS CATEGORIES

Note: The following are guiding criteria for nominations. A nominee must meet one or more criteria to be eligible for nomination in the category.
Innovative Business of the Year

Unique & Forward-Thinking

• Uses an innovative approach to business growth and development and originality in operations
• Has demonstrated exceptional creativity in marketing, aesthetics and/or atmosphere
• Fulfills a consumer need previously not met in Lake Country

Customer Service Excellence

• Consistently provides reliable, friendly customer service
• Goes above and beyond to meet customers’ needs
• Demonstrates exceptional knowledge of their product or service

Professional Service Provider of the Year

• Examples of qualifying organizations: Accounting, Law, Medicine, Alternative Health Care, Dentistry, Engineering, Surveying, Insurance, Financial, Real Estate
• Demonstrates a history of positive customer feedback
• Consistently exceeds honest and ethical standards within their industry
• Has an ongoing employee training program
• Recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large

New Business of the Year

• In its second or third year of operation
• Has achieved outstanding business performance in a short period of time
• Has demonstrated excellence in any or all of the following areas: growth, community involvement, creating new employment opportunities, commitment to customer service
• Shows strong potential for long-term viability and sustainability

Tourism Enhancement Award

• Lake Country-based tourism business
• Consistently delivers a top-quality product/service/event that has enhanced tourism in the area
• Provides and/or promotes an outstanding visitor experience
• Actively encourages the growth of Lake Country as a destination
• Increases the visibility of Lake Country

Small Business of the Year

• Has fewer than five employees
• Maintains good customer relationships
• Provides and stands behind excellent products or services
• Works towards promoting their business through successful, innovative marketing and promotion
• Takes pride in their work and is honest, ethical and professional

Employee of the Year

• Has been employed by their current employer for a minimum of one full year
• Demonstrates initiative and enthusiasm for their job
• Performs their job above and beyond expectations and provides exemplary customer service
• Works with a team spirit and contributes to a positive work place

Agricultural Innovator of the Year

• Business or organization which has contributed to the sustainability, growth, innovation, and/or redefinition of the agricultural industry
• Supports healthy lifestyles through local farm to table initiatives

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

• Under 30 years of age as at December 31, 2016
• In a business ownership position in Lake Country for a period of at least one full year
• Has shown excellent leadership, innovation and/or entrepreneurial spirit

Community Booster Award

• An organization, community service group or not-for-profit
• Has shown a dedicated commitment to the improvement of our community through their service
• Has made positive contributions to making Lake Country a better place to live, work and play

Gerry Morton Award

• An individual volunteer who has shown an exceptional level of commitment and community service for the benefit of the residents of Lake Country through involvement and leadership

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS ELIGIBILITY RULES

Check the list of eligibility rules below to make sure the business and category you are nominating them for is right:

• Must have a valid business license in Lake Country

• Business, organization or individual need not be a member of the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce to apply

• Must have conducted business operations within the Lake Country area for the past twelve consecutive months prior to the date of their submission

• A company may only be selected as a finalist in one category per year but can apply for multiple categories

• All applications are accepted at the discretion of the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce and judged by an independent panel

• An award may not be issued for every category each year depending on the submissions received

• A business may be issued an award for a category other than the one for which they were nominated

• Past Year's award Recipients may not be nominated in the same category for one year following their win, but can be nominated and win in other categories.

KEY DATES:

2016 Awards |TBA

Nominations are open year round online at www.lakecountrychamber.com

Business Excellence Awards Gala | TBA

THE PROCESS:

Each year nominations are collected during the year. We then host a Business Excellence Awards night dinner and event. Nominate a business today!

SPONSORSHIP:

Interested in marketing your business through a Business Excellence Sponsorship?

Please contact the Chamber for more information on becoming a Business Excellence Awards sponsor! 250.766.5670 or manager@lakecountrychamber.com