Published On: Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Yeti Farm Creative named Business of the Year at 1st Annual Grant Thornton LLP Thompson Okanagan BE Awards

KELOWNA – Yeti Farm Creative was named Business of the Year at the First Annual Grant Thornton LLP Thompson Okanagan Business Excellence Awards at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna on June 14.

GetInTheLoop of Kelowna was named the Small Business of the Year (Under 50 Employees). The Business of the Year category was for companies with more than 30 employees.

Grant Thornton LLP was the Title Platinum Sponsor for the event, and Innov8 Digital Solutions is in as a Gold Sponsor. Category sponsors included RBC Royal Bank, Sandler TrainingBusiness Development Bank of CanadaDiversified Rehabilitation Group and 101.5 EZ Rock Bell MediaBlack Press is the Print Media Sponsor for the event, coordinated by Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan newspaper.

The independent judges were Jim Anderson, Executive Director of Venture KamloopsGlenn Mandziuk, President and CEO of Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association; and Anthony Haddad of Penticton’s Economic Development Office.

Winners in the other Categories are (17 in total):

Automotive Business of the Year

Current Taxi of Kelowna.

Community Builder of the Year

Get Bent Yoga and Dance of Penticton.

Construction & Development Business of the Year

Highstreet Ventures of Kelowna.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Redhead Mare of Penticton.

Food Production Business of the Year

True Grain Bread of Summerland.

Green Business of the Year

Swiss Solar Tech Ltd. of Summerland.

Health Care Business of the Year

Carrington Dental Centre of West Kelowna.

Manufacturing Business of the Year (Tie)

Riversong Guitars of Kamloops and Vitalis Extraction of Kelowna.

Professional Services Business of the Year

Refresh Financial of Kelowna.

Restaurant of the Year

The Nest & Nectar of Penticton.

Retail Business of the Year (Tie)

Main Street Clothing of Kamloops and Pickle Ball Depot of Vernon.

Technology Business of the Year

Big Bear Software Ltd. of Penticton.

Tourism Business of the Year (Tie)

Glow SUP Adventures of Penticton and Sip Happens Wine Tours of Lake Country.

Trades Business of the Year

Duffy Baker Construction of Penticton.

Winery Business of the Year

Poplar Grove of Penticton.

The Official Program for the event, which includes information on each finalist, is available online at: