Owners and staff at 16 South Okanagan businesses will have their fingers crossed over the next few days after they were selected as finalists for four South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards.

The awards, presented annually to honor exceptional service in the South Okanagan community, will be presented this Friday evening (January 29) at the Chamber’s annual general meeting and celebration event at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver.

The 16 nominees in four categories are:

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Tracy Lydiatt — Great Bear Paleo Bites
  • Chris Vanhooydonk — Backyard Farms / Artisan Culinary Concepts
  • Joanne Muirhead — Jojos Café
  • Aaron & Kelsey Hoy — Tickleberrys

Small Business of the Year

  • Jane Long Chartered Professional Accountant
  • Oliver’s Bakery & Deli
  • Backyard Farms / Artisan Culinary Concepts
  • Medici’s Gelateria

Large Business of the Year

  • Osoyoos Credit Union
  • Buy-Low Foods Osoyoos
  • Watermark Beach Resort
  • South Okanagan Physiotherapy & Active Wellness Centre

Customer Service Excellence

  • T2 Market Recycle Depot
  • Expert Hearing Solutions
  • Osoyoos Home Hardware
  • 3D Moving


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