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The Chamber Celebrates Over 100 Businesses Who Are Nominated For A Business Excellence Award

KAMLOOPS, BC – The nomination period for the 36th Annual Business Excellence Awards presented by MNP wrapped up on May 30. 106 unique businesses were nominated in 15 diverse award categories, up from 95 businesses the year prior. The nominees gathered today in-person at Moccasin Square Gardens for a networking breakfast to celebrate their achievement.  
Jessy Sra, Partner at MNP notes that, “for over three decades the Business Excellence Awards have been recognizing the best of Kamloops’ business community. MNP is proud to support these awards and celebrate the success and resilience of hardworking businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profits. On behalf of MNP, I want to congratulate all of the nominees, finalists and winners of this year’s awards.” 

Acacia Pangilinan, Executive Director, adds that “from small retailers to mining, we have a diverse group of nominees this year, which is exciting to see. We are thrilled that as we work towards economic recovery that we can take a moment to celebrate businesses that power our region” 

What’s next? Qualified nominations will be handed over to an independent selection committee, comprised of over 30 business community members to determine who will be moving on to compete for a Business Excellence Award trophy. The Finalists Announcement will take place on July 21, 2022, at the Paramount Theatre. 

See below for a complete list of nominees and event sponsors.
Please note- not all nominees are eligible for the categories nominated for.

Abbott Wealth Management – Harbourfront Wealth Management Business Person of the Year 

Anthony Salituro, Jardines Domain 
Debora DeLyzer, People in Motion 
Greg Klohn, GK Sound 
Jared Summers, The Noble Pig 
Joshua Knaak, ARPA Investments 
Maury Hik, Art Knapp 
Merel Vissers, Friendly Composting Inc. 
Ryan Schmalz, Mountain High Pizza 
Ron Fawcett, The Kelson Group 

Andre’s Electronic Experts Retailer of the Year 

Canadian Tire 
Far & Wide 
Jardine’s Domain 
Oak and Aether 
Tumbleweed Toys 

BCLC Innovation Award 

Adroit Technologies Ltd. 
Alchemy Brewing 
Armoured Labs (B-Bag Invention) 
Fresh Inc. 
Jaxsen-Pacific Marine and Motorsport 
Kamloops Powder Coatings 
Teck Highland Valley Copper 
We Are One Composites 

Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics Young Entrepreneur of the Year 

Alex O’Daly, Aspect Film Works 
Sean Bulman, Bulman Designs 
Brianne McDaniel & Calli Duncan, Far & Wide 
Greg Klohn, GK Sound 
Jul Morken, JUL Construction Ltd. 
Jesse Kallman, Tint Ninjas 
Tim Woodward, Woodward Cider Co. 

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Excellence in Trades Award 

A & T Project Developments Inc. 
JUL Construction 
Klein Homes 
NextGen Electrical Services Ltd. 
Raven Drywall and Paint 
Teck Highland Valley Copper 
Weymac Electric 

Community Futures of Central Interior First Nations Employer of the Year 

5Bean Brewbar & Café 
Abbott Wealth Management – Harbourfront Wealth Management 
Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel 
Natural Smiles Denture Clinic 
The Noble Pig 

City of Kamloops Community Service Award 

A Groess Underground 
ARPA Investments 
Blackwell Dairy 
Canco Gas Staton on Tranquille Road 
No Limits Fitness & Hot Yoga 
People in Motion 

Community Futures Thompson Country Emerging Business of the Year 

Alchemy Brewing 
Arc Technologies 
Askem Productions 
Avid ActionCOACH Business Coaching 
BOOM Business Solutions 
Casting Loops Fly & Tackle 
Cona Floor Coatings & Home Services 
Crooked Crown Gift Boutique 
Eat Clean Kamloops 
Friendly Composting Inc. 
Honey Bee Beauty Bar 
LMB Designs
Pepper – Your Badass Business BFF Inc. 
Plan A British Columbia 
River City Limo 
Sheshootsstreet Photography 
The Fluxx Vintage Apparel Co 
TLC for pets 
Walk Star 
Wiggle Pups Doggy Daycare 
Wild Birds Unlimited 

Kamloops & District Chamber of Commerce Service Provider 1 – 10 Staff Award 

ARPA Investments 
Askem Productions 
Askem Talent 
Blackwell Dairy 
Brazilan Dog Guru Facility 
Fit Financial 
Frank Luca Creative Co
Instinct Adornment 
Interior Naturopathic & Wellness 
Maurya’s Fine Indian Cuisine 
Natural Smiles Denture Clinic 
Oak and Aether 
Red Collar Brewing Co 
Salty Fig Catering 
Sugar and Spice Beauty Bar 
Vertical Café 

Kamloops This Week Service Provider 11+ Staff Award 

A & T Project Developments Inc. 
Bright Eye Brewing 
Changes Hair Studio 
Forward Law LLP 
Kelson Group 
NextGen Electrical Services Ltd. 
Plan A British Columbia 
Sun Peaks Grand Hotel 
The Noble Pig Brewhouse 
Wells Gray Tours 

Open Door Group Inclusive Leadership Award 

ARPA Investments 
Avid ActionCOACH Business Coaching 
Far & Wide 
Let’s Move Studio 
People In Motion 
Pepper – Your Badass Business BFF Inc. 
Tumbleweed Toys 

Rocky Mountaineer Environmental Leadership Award 

A Groess Underground 
Arwen’s Apparel 
Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel 
BlueGreen Architecture 
Jaxsen-Pacific Marine and Motorsport 
Kamloops Food Policy Council 
Monte Creek Winery 
Progressive Planet Products Inc.
The Mustard Seed Kamloops 

Surerus Murphy Joint Venture Not-For-Profit of the Year 

BC Wildlife Park 
BGC Kamloops 
Kamloops Alliance Church 
Kamloops Food Policy Council 
Kamloops Innovation Centre 
Kamloops Native Housing Society 
Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market Society 
Kamloops Society for Alcohol and Drug Services – Phoenix Centre 
Kamloops Wine Association 
People in Motion
Plan A British Columbia 
The Mustard Seed Kamloops 
United Way British Columbia 

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Indigenous Business Excellence Award 

Gagnon Law 
Lash & Glow Bar Kamloops – Lashed by Natalie 
Orenda Films 
Raven Reads Books Ltd. 

Venture Kamloops Small Business of the Year 

Askem Productions 
Askem Talent 
Bulman Designs 
Far & Wide 
Fiddleheads Violin Studio 
Full Spectrum Automotive 
Hoja Mongolian Grill 
Maxwell Mechanical Ltd. 
Natural Smiles Denture Clinic 
Protex Kamloops 
RM Stone Masonry 
Scoopz Ice Cream Parlour 
Spot On Interior Design 
The Smorgasbord 
Vast Painting Inc 

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