Nominations still accepted for Summerland awards

Chamber of Commerce to present 81st annual Business Excellence Awards in March

There is still time to nominate businesses or individuals for the Summerland Chamber of Commerce’s 81st annual Business Excellence Awards.

The nomination period opened Jan. 2 and will close on Feb. 15.

David Hull, executive director of the chamber, said there is still room for additional names in each of the categories.

“Every category could use some more nominations,” he said, adding that there are many good businesses within the community.

Businesses and individuals may nominate themselves, he added.

This year, some new categories have been added and some existing categories have been renamed and redefined.

A category for Nonprofit Organization of the Year and a Business to Business Excellence award are both new for 2019.

The Professional Services Excellence award has been renamed the Accredited Professional Services Excellence award.

Other categories include Business of the Year, Hospitality and Tourism Excellence, Manufacturing and Production Excellence, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Customer Service Excellence, Business Person of the Year, New Business of the Year, Retailer of the Year and Agriculture and Agri-Business Excellence.

Community awards will also be presented at the awards ceremony. These include the Arts and Culture Award and the Citizen of the Year Award.

The Mayor’s Award of Excellence will be presented at the discretion of the mayor to honour a community organization.

After the nomination deadline, a nominees’ reception will be held on Feb. 19.

A three-person judging panel will be set up for each category.

Panels will hold 25-minute interviews with each nominee in the category.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony which will be held on Saturday, March 30 at Centre Stage Theatre.

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