Greater Vernon chamber honours the best in business

There are more than 200 nominations for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Business Excellence Awards.

There are more than 200 nominations for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Business Excellence Awards.

The finalists in each category will be announced at the nominee’s luncheon Feb. 9 at the Prestige Inn and the awards gala is March 11 at the Vernon Atrium and Conference Centre. This year’s theme is  the sky’s the Limit.

“We are trying to create a fun evening that recognizes the best of the best and this year’s theme will be weaved into the decor and activities at the event,” said Dan Proulx, membership and events co-ordinator.

“We will have a few surprises that align with the theme that will make it fun for all those attending.”

The chamber has introduced a few new awards this year including the People’s Choice and the Newsmaker of the Year.

The People’s Choice Award is the only award chosen by public voting as all other award categories are evaluated by a panel of judges based on their submission. The list of businesses and organizations the public can vote for only include those that were nominated and accepted their nomination by returning their business profile. The deadline to vote for the People’s Choice Award is Feb. 18.

The Business Excellence Awards are presented by Valley First Credit Union.

Tickets for the nominee’s luncheon are now available while tickets for the gala will go on sale soon.  For more information, go to vernonchamber.ca.