Category Criteria

Large Business of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Large Business of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must have 50+ employees
  • Considered a leader in the business community
  • Contributes to the community through volunteering or monetary support
  • Growth and profitability
  • Sales and marketing
  • Strategic and tactical planning
  • Employee satisfaction
  • Community Supporter
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MNP
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business details 10.0%
Customer Service Policy and Example 30.0%
Local Business Relationship(s) 20.0%
Attraction and Retention of Employees 20.0%
Business Innovation 20.0%
Medium Business of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Medium Business of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must be in business for longer than two years
  • Must have between 11-49 employees
  • Growth and profitability
  • Sales and marketing
  • Strategic and tactical planning
  • Employee satisfaction
  • Community Supporter
  • Customer Service
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Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling and Electrical
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business details 10.0%
Customer Service Policy and Example 30.0%
Local Business Relationship(s) 20.0%
Attraction and Retention of Employees 20.0%
Business Innovation 20.0%
Small Business of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Small Business of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must be in business for longer than two years
  • Must have between 1 – 10 employees
  • Growth and profitability
  • Sales and marketing
  • Strategic and tactical planning
  • Employee satisfaction
  • Community Supporter
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Community Futures North Okanagan
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Technology Adoptions 20.0%
Business details 10.0%
Customer Service Policy and Example 30.0%
Local Business Relationships 20.0%
Challenges and Strategies for Sustainable Business 20.0%
New Business of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the New Business of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must have been in business for less than two years
  • Must demonstrate good growth potential
  • Must have taken significant financial risk to develop the business
  • Must demonstrate high quality products or services
  • Must demonstrate excellent customer service
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Tolko Industries
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business details 10.0%
Community Inspiration 10.0%
Advice for a New Business 10.0%
Customer Service Policy and Example 20.0%
Business Marketing and Community Awareness 20.0%
Overcoming Obstacles 20.0%
Unique Business 10.0%
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must have owners below 35 years of age
  • Must demonstrate good growth potential
  • Must demonstrate high-quality products or services
  • Must demonstrate community involvement
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business details 20.0%
Overcoming Challenges 30.0%
Growth Potential and Future Plans 20.0%
Community Involvement 30.0%
Employer of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Employer of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must be in business for longer than two years
  • Must have a minimum of 10 staff
  • Must be nominated by an employee or group of employees
  • Must demonstrate a fair wage and benefits policy
  • Must promote family and workplace balance
  • Must demonstrate open consistent communications with staff
  • Must be in business for longer than two years
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City of Vernon
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Work and Family Balance Promotion 20.0%
Benefits and Employee Perks 30.0%
Employee Communication and Support 20.0%
Diversity and Inclusion in Company Culture 30.0%
Customer Service Award
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Customer Service Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must be in business for longer than two years
  • Must demonstrate a consistently outstanding level of customer service, product support and after sales service
  • Goes above and beyond to meet customer needs
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business details 23.0%
Unique Customer Service, Product Support and Sales Service 23.0%
Customer Service Policy 18.0%
Customer Satisfaction Process 18.0%
Customer Service Adaptation 18.0%
Non-Profit Excellence Award
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Non-Profit Excellence Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable contributors is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • This award is presented to the organization that exemplifies excellence and innovation in their programs, projects, and partnerships.
  • Their commitment to growth and expanded programs, as well as service, community involvement, sustainable practices and/or job creation/development.
  • Demonstrates a dedicated focus on achieving their vision and mandate.
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Community Foundation North Okanagan
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business details 20.0%
Organization Vision and Mandate 30.0%
Comittment to Growth and Community 30.0%
Excellence and Innovation 20.0%
Business Leader of the Year (Individual)
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Business Leader of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Individual who must be in business more than 5 years
  • Requires a history of business success, excellence and innovation
  • Must demonstrate commitment and passion for their business
  • Considered a leader in the business community
  • Contributes to the community through volunteering or monetary support
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business and Involvement 20.0%
Business Success 15.0%
Innovation Process 15.0%
Unique Business 15.0%
Community Service 15.0%
Leadership 20.0%
Retail Business of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Retail Business of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must be in business for longer than two years
  • Demonstrate providing superior customer service and creativity in reaching target markets 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to being involved in the community
  • Have a reputation of excellent product knowledge 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to providing quality products
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Downtown Vernon Association
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business details 20.0%
Business Adaptations for Product Purchase, Including Technology 20.0%
Customer Service Policy and Example 20.0%
Community Involvement 20.0%
Employee Attraction, Retention and Support 20.0%
Trades Business of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Trades Business of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must be in business for longer than two years
  • Exhibiting a history of excellence in the area of workplace safety 
  • A positive reputation of integrity and leadership within the industry 
  • Provides a quality, certified service and actively seeks ways to enhance offerings
  • Excellent client and/or employee relationship
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Scotiabank
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business Details and Quality Work 20.0%
Local Business Relationships 20.0%
Client Relationships 20.0%
Business Innovation 20.0%
Employee Attraction, Retention and Safety 20.0%
* New Category* Agri-Business Excellence Award
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Agri-Business Excellence Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must be an enterprise or industry involved in the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural products. This includes a wide range of activities such as farming, ranching, crop production, livestock management, agribusiness services, and the manufacturing and marketing of agricultural equipment and supplies.
  • Must have been in business for 2 years or more.
  • Must demonstrate commitment to sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Local supply chain integrations
  • Challenges and innovative solutions
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Unique Business 20.0%
Sustainability & Innovation 30.0%
Challenges & Strategies 30.0%
Supply Chain Integration 20.0%
Restaurant of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Restaurant of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must be in business for longer than two years
  • Demonstrate exceptional customer service 
  • Quality and consistency of products/service
  • Community Involvement 
  • Employee Relations & Training 
  • Innovation
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Okanagan Spring Brewery
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business Details and Product Quality 20.0%
New Products and Services Innovation 20.0%
High Standard of Customer Service 20.0%
Standing out from Competition and Innovative Value 20.0%
Employee Attraction and Retention 10.0%
Community Involvement 10.0%
Tourism Business of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Tourism Business of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must be in business for longer than two years
  • Provides and/ or promotes an outstanding visitor experience
  • Actively encourages the growth of Greater Vernon as a destination
  • A positive reputation of integrity and leadership in the industry
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Tourism Vernon
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business Description and Visitor Experience 30.0%
Greater Vernon Promotion 30.0%
Overcoming Challenges 20.0%
Utilizing Technology and Increasing Competitiveness 20.0%
Professional Business of the Year
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Professional Business of the Year Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

  • Must be in business for longer than two years
  • Must exemplify professionalism and integrity
  • Outstanding achievement in Customer Service, Market Development and Innovation
  • Must demonstrate community service
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Business details 24.0%
Professionalism and Integrity 24.0%
Client Communication and Relationships 24.0%
Overcoming Challenges 14.0%
Community Involvement 14.0%
Diversity Excellence Award
Description

Congratulations on being nominated for the Diversity Excellence Award! Your positive impact on the community and your outstanding presence in the Greater Vernon area have truly set you apart. Whether you were self-nominated or recognized by others, your aspiration to be one of Vernon's most notable businesses is commendable.

The following questions form the basis of our judging process and should be answered thoughtfully. We recommend drafting your responses in a Word or Google document before copying and pasting them into the submission form to prevent any loss of your work.

Take your time, there are around a dozen questions in total.

Must have undertaken significant change within the last two years, in areas such as:

  • Reviewing or implementing diversity, inclusive and/or equity policies, processes and practices
  • Progressive hiring and on-boarding practice to recruit, retain and develop diversity
  • Showcase diversity in customer attraction and marketing
  • Providing training and education in diversity to staff
  • Offering mentorship and/or supporting connection in the community
  • Must have been in business for 2 years or more
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Kal Tire
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity Policy 20.0%
Progressive Hiring Practices 20.0%
Customer Attraction and Marketing Diversity 20.0%
Diversity Education and Training 20.0%
Mentorship and Community Connections 20.0%
People's Choice Award
Description

Chosen by public vote from nominees of all categories.

Voting begins September 22 and ends October 13.

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Total Restoration Services
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