Summerland’s Business and Community Award Nominations Now Open

January 11, 2016

SUMMERLAND – Every year the Summerland Chamber of Commerce has the privilege of recognizing and honoring our local businesses as well as those who have made a difference in our community. This year will be the 78th Anniversary of the awards event.

Last year we talked about how connected our community is between businesses, individuals and organizations and launched a video called ‘Our Connected Community’ to illustrate these connections. Our buying habits and practices make a tremendous difference on a very local level since the businesses we buy goods and services from locally are then able to support the organizations, clubs and service groups who are so active in Summerland.

Part of being connected is knowing where those goods and services can be found. In fall the Chamber launched a new website with a comprehensive new business directory that provides this information.

At this year’s Gala we particularly want to celebrate those companies who incorporate community support into their plans for business excellence. And in 2016 we will be encouraging Summerlanders to discover all the products and services you can find right here at home through a vibrant new shop local campaign.

Nominations in the following award categories are open until January 20:

Business of the Year, Rising Star/New Business, Sustainability Leader, Technology and Innovation, Professional Services Excellence, Trade Services Excellence, Manufacturing/Industrial Excellence, Retail Excellence, Tourism and Hospitality Excellence, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Citizen/Volunteer of the Year.

The Mayor’s Award of Excellence continues to be an important acknowledgement of community leadership. This award is given at the Mayor’s discretion to an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to Summerland.

Nominations can be made by the public and by businesses. Chamber business members (both local and corporate members) are eligible to be nominated.  A business may also nominate themselves for an award as we have many businesses in Summerland that are not visible to the general public yet they play a vital role in our economy and are doing excellent work.

All nominees will be celebrated at the annual Nominees Reception, sponsored by Nesters Market and free to the community. The awards will be given out at the Gala which will be held at the Summerland Waterfront Resort on February 27rd. For online nominations and information about the awards and Gala, please visit

– Christine Petkau is Executive Director at the Summerland Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at

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