Nods of excellence wanted

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards

The sky is the limit when it comes to businesses going above and beyond. And that is exactly what the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is looking for as nominations are now open for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards.

This year`s theme is The Sky’s the Limit and builds off the excitement from last year’s gala that showcased the North Okanaga’ss premier businesses and community leaders. Nominations can be submitted through the Chamber`s website at until Dec. 18.

The chamber is also pleased to recognize Valley First as the presenting sponsor of the long running awards program.

“Recognizing local businesses that make our community stronger and more vibrant is extremely important to Valley First and we’re proud to lend our support,” said Ben Robinson, business banking advisor with Valley First in Vernon.

The Excellence Awards are scheduled for March 11, 2016 at the Best Western Vernon Lodge and will feature a number of new awards including Tourism Excellence, Non-Profit Excellence, Community Leader of the Year, Business Person of the Year, People’s Choice Award and News Maker of the Year.  The Nominee’s Luncheon which recognizes the top three in each category goes Tuesday Feb. 9, 2016.

“We’re really excited to be introducing some new award categories this year. It will be a great opportunity to have a fresh outlook on the community and recognize a variety of businesses, organizations and individuals for their achievements,” said Dan Proulx, membership and events coordinator with the chamber.

The Awards Gala is a near sell-out event every year. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 18, 2016.