NANAIMO – A total of 81 companies from across Vancouver Island have been named finalists for the 16th Annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, with the winners to be unveiled at the Jan. 21, 2016 at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo.
“Phenomenal. Absolutely amazing companies of every size and description, with some amazing stories to tell from a very successful year,” note Mark MacDonald of the Business Examiner, which coordinates the event. “The Business Excellence Awards honours the best of the best in Vancouver Island business, and it is clear that 2015 has been a very good year in business for many companies.”
RBC Royal Bank, Hayes Stewart Little & Co. Chartered Professional Accountants, Coastal Community Credit Union and Air Canada are the Gold Sponsors for the event. Category sponsors are Helijet, Thompson Cooper LLP, CIBC, Invest Comox Valley and Grieg Seafood.
“Each of our judges are poring over the information now to determine the winners in each category,” says MacDonald. “They have some very difficult decisions to make, as it is clear that 2015 was a good year for Vancouver Island businesses.”
The finalist are, by city:
- Campbell River
- Associated Tire & Auto, Eagle Eye Adventures, Industry Hair and Body Care, She Works She Plays Active Ware Inc., York Portable Machine Tools
- Comox Valley
- Cumberland Brewery, Hollie Wood Oysters, Two Eagles B&B, Level 10 Eurospa, Nelson Roofing
- Cowichan Valley
- Arbutus Ridge, Canadian Bavarian Millwork & Lumber, Genoa Bay Café, Coast Environmental, Craig Street – Just Jakes, DFH Realty, Emandare Vineyard, Live Edge Design, Mitchell’s Soup Co., Nicon Developments
- Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry
- de Hoog and Kierulf Architects, Elite Image – Catrina Elliott, Exchangenergy, Frontrunners, Gas ‘n Go, Inuktun Services, KC’s Boutique, Mid Island Coop, Nanaimo Port Authority, Olive This and More, Pheasant Hill Homes, R.W. (Bob) Wall Ltd., Sharecost Rentals & Sales, Harbour Air
- Terminal Auto Body (Parksville) Ltd., Tigh Na Mara
- Port Alberni
- Clydesdale Automotive, Coleman Meadows Water Buffalo, Dave Koszegi Team, DBA Silencing, The Catnap Inn, The Funk Trunk
- Port Hardy
- Sporty Bar & Grill
- Port McNeill
- Aussie Diesel Services Ltd.
- Qualicum Beach
- Modern Marketing Advantage, Pedego Bikes
- Kagoagh Lodge
- Wilson’s Transportation Ltd
- Specific Mechanical Systems Ltd.
- BMT Group Services Ltd., Revolution 3D Printers
- Sooke Centre Auto Repair, West Coast Family Medical
- Taco Fino
- Howlers Family Restaurant & Amusements
- Bath Fitter, Care & Company Ltd., Chateau Victoria, City Wide Dryer Vent Cleaning, Cosmedica Laser Centre, Enchanted Fables Princess Parties, English Inn, First Light Technologies, Graphic FX Signworks, Hemp & Company, Hot House Marketing-Dan Dagg, Inn at Laurel Point, Kgeez Cycle, Orca Spirit Adventures, Oughtred Coffee & Tea, Pacific Rim College, Parkside Hotel & Spa, Peninsula Co-op, Picture This 3D Inc., Pro Stick Repair Victoria, Starfish Medical, The Truffles Group , Thetis Massage Therapy, Total Prepare Inc., Victoria Eye Surgery
MacDonald expects a sell-out for the always popular event, and tickets must be booked by Friday, January 15. Tickets are $125, and are available through www.businessexaminer.ca/events/2016-vancouver-island-business-excellence-awards.
For more information on the event, contact MacDonald at 1-866-758-2684 ext. 120.