Three Osoyoos businesses and business owners were recognized for their community achievements this evening as the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce celebrated service excellence in the region.
- Joanne Muirhead of Jojo’s Cafe was named Entrepreneur of the Year.
- Buy-Low Foods Osoyoos was named Large Business of the Year.
- Osoyoos Home Hardware was recognized for Customer Service Excellence
- Oliver’s Medici Gelateria was named Small Business of the Year.
The Chamber’s gala event, held at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver, attracted about 100 people from the South Okanagan’s business community and several prominent local politicians.
“I think the translation of the word ‘entrepreneur’ might be the result of many people’s brains being picked by one person who then uses that information to succeed,” said Ms. Muirhead in a statement read by her mother, Jan, as she accepted the SOCC award on behalf of her daughter, who is on vacation.
“I’ve been fortunate to surround myself with remarkable people who share their knowledge and experience with me.”
Not surprisingly, each of the recipients made a point of including staff as a key ingredient in their business success. Buy-Low Foods’ Brian Fry said the award would be going back to his store.
“[There are] 65 people back at the store tomorrow morning who are going to be ecstatic,” said Mr. Fry, Owner of Buy-Low Foods Osoyoos. “This is a great honour.”
Kevin Ross spoke for Osoyoos Home Hardware and noted the culture of customer service excellence owners Frances and Larry Sologuk have maintained since purchasing the store in 1985.
“The feeling people get when they come in the store is just something that they can’t describe because everyone is there to help them immediately,” he said.
“There’s never any pressure. I think that just goes to show there’s a sincerity that’s felt throughout the organization.”
The award winners were selected from numerous South Okanagan businesses nominated by local residents.