A downtown landmark was the big winner during the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Business Excellence Awards.
Nolan’s Pharmasave, which has been in operation since 1927, walked off with business of the year and the customer service award at the event at the Vernon Atrium Hotel Friday.
“Nolan’s won the customer service award partly because of its close working relationship with North Okanagan Hospice House providing specialized pharmacy support 24/7,” said Dan Rogers, chamber general manager.
Olive Us Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room also picked up two awards — small business of the year and tourism excellence.
Barrita Durward of Cotton’s Chocolates was named businessperson of the year while the community leader award went to Deb White, of White House Mortgages.
The inaugural People’s Choice Award was won by Rollin’ Spring Rolls. It was the only award to be determined through online voting.
All other awards were selected by an independent panel of judges.
The other winners include:
Employer of the year — VantageOne Credit Union
Green business of the year — Interior Freight and Bottle Depot
Manufacturer of the year — Universal Packaging
New business of the year — Nicholas Alexander Landscaping and Design
Newsmaker of the year — Watkin Motors
Non-profit of the year — Upper Room Mission
Young entrepreneur of the year — Benita Poggemoeller, of B Frank Marketing
“Each of our award winners represent dynamic organizations who have given back to the community in many ways,” said Tracy Cobb Reeves, chamber president. “We congratulate them and also acknowledge the many more who were nominated.”