Nominees for Business Excellence Awards

63 Cranbrook businesses, individuals and organizations nominated for a 2016 business excellence award have now completed the jury panel interview portion of the awards process.

The Chamber office was crazy busy for the entire week.  “We had 63 nominees, 33 judges and at times up to four rooms going simultaneously all week”, said Chamber office manager Laura Kennedy.  “The process is really rewarding.  The judges and the nominees find the process very satisfying and worthwhile.”

Under a current cloak of secrecy the recipients for the 11 awards will be revealed at the Business Excellence Awards gala April 02 at St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino.  This year the gala will wrap up with a dance to local recording artists and renowned performers The Black Diamond Band.

New Business of the Year
Sponsored by: Community Futures East Kootenay
• Cranbrook Flagstone Quarry Inc.
• Aspire2Bfit Training Facility
• Mike’s Auto Wash
• Summitt 107 – Clear Sky Radio
• JJ Mechanical

Business of Year 1-15
Sponsored by: Cranbrook Downtown Business Association
• Salvador Ready Mix Concrete LP
• – East Kootenay
• Dance With Me Cranbrook
• Rocky Mountain Print Solutions
• See`s TV Repair
• Runaway Elephant Tattoos
• Naked Yeti Waxing

Business Person of the Year
Sponsored by: Banking Association of Cranbrook
Nominee Company
• Sharron Billey – Realty Executives Cranbrook
• Hans Dekkers – Dynaread, BPMetrics, Cranbrook Airshow
• Tristen Chernove – Elevate Airports
• Joey Hoeschmann – The Bedroom Furniture Galleries

Manufacturing and Production Excellence
Sponsored by: Rocky Mountain Diesel
• Selkirk Signs
• Gipman Millwork
• Caliper Machine & Hydraulics Ltd.
• Pets Go Raw

Professional Services Excellence
Sponsored by: Columbia Basin Trust
• Rella Paolini & Rogers
• Taylor Adams Chartered Accountants
• Tom Shypitka – Sun Life Financial
• Jason Wheeldon Personal Real Estate Corp.
• Elu Salon & Spa
• BDO Canada LLP

Business to Business Excellence
Sponsored by: Koocanusa Publications
• B104/The Drive
• Genex Marketing
• Carpet Superstore
• Initial Designs

Business of Year 16+ Employees
Sponsored by: St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
• Kootenay Landscape
• New Dawn Developments Ltd.
• Rocky Mountain Diesel Ltd.
• Boston Pizza
• Staples Business Depot
• Cranbrook Dodge

Hospitality & Tourism Excellence
Sponsored by: College of the Rockies
• Lakeshore Resort and Campground
• Fisher Peak Camping & Trailer Rentals
• Nanny’s Cupboard & Teahouse
• The Heid Out & Fisher Peak Brewing Co.
• St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
• Max’s Place
• Elizabeth Lake Lodge

Retail Excellence
Sponsored by: Business Development Bank of Canada
• Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Food
• The Paw Shop
• Real Deals on Home Decor
• Lotus Books
• Sun Valley Nissan
• Bumble Tree

Non Profit Organization of Year
Sponsored by: Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
• Wildsight Kimberley / Cranbrook
• Blue Lake Centre
• Key City Theatre
• Cranbrook & District Community Foundation
• East Kootenay Division of Family Practice
• Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24 Cranbrook
• Wildhorse Cycling Club

Young Entrepreneur of Year
Sponsored by: New Dawn Developments Ltd.
Nominee Company
• Ashley Pedersen – EK Freedom Business & Tax Centre Inc.
• Jason de Rijk – Sidekick Stickers
• Chase Thielen – Silverado Construction / KD Electric
• Kya Dubois – Sink N Ink Tattoos
• Danielle Cardozo – Jim Pattison Broadcasting Group
• Kim Shypitka – Soul Tree Spa