Squamish Business Excellence Awards

  • Squamish Business Excellence Awards

Recognizes a local citizen who has contributed significant volunteer time to enrich the quality of the Squamish community. This individual is well respected within the community, inspires others with their efforts, and has contributed significant time outside of their regular employment to uplift, support, and contribute to the local business community. They continuously lead, engage, and contribute to projects that improve the health of those around them.

FINALISTS:

  • AMY REID
  • JOSE OREAMUNO
  • MARISA NAVARO ROS

Winner: Jose Oreamuno

Recognizes a young entrepreneur who has developed a strong and successful business through effective business practices, community engagement, and entrepreneurial spirit. This person has exhibited resilience to economic challenges and has gone above and beyond in their business and the community.

FINALISTS:

  • Cole & Candace Smith
  • Melissa DeWolf
  • Rebecca Bolkowy

Winner: Rebecca Bolkowy

Recognizes a business that shows leadership and support for Indigenous culture and is an active contributor to the Squamish business community.

FINALISTS:

  • Sḵwálwen Botanicals

Winner: Sḵwálwen Botanicals

Recognizes a business that demonstrates continual business growth and leadership in the Squamish business community. It has an exceptional reputation in integrity, passion, ethics, employee experience and wellbeing, and customer service.

FINALISTS:

  • Healthy Hearts Healthy Minds
  • The Little Bookshop
  • Squamish Dance Centre

Winner: The Little Bookshop

Recognizes a business that demonstrates continual business growth and leadership in the Squamish business community. It has an exceptional reputation in integrity, passion, ethics, employee experience and wellbeing, and customer service.

FINALISTS:

  • Blue Water Concepts
  • Squamish Valley Golf Club
  • Sunflower Bakery

Winner: Squamish Valley Golf Club

Recognizes a newly founded business (3 years or less from date of incorporation) that demonstrates exemplary business practices and shows exceptional promise for continued growth. This business has excelled in business development, planning, outreach, and community engagement throughout its start-up. It serves as an inspiration for other new businesses in the community and extends community support above and beyond its professional duties.

FINALISTS:

  • Cleveland Meats
  • Outbound Station
  • Peak Provisions Mountain Grocery & Goods
  • Sweet Threads Yarn & Fibre

Winner: Outbound Station

Recognizes a business with an outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability that is linked to its public identity. This business has tangibly reduced environmental impact, waste outputs, and energy use through improved efficiencies, programs, projects, processes, systems, technologies, employee engagement, or other business operations. It demonstrates community leadership through its sustainability initiatives and has a positive influence on the impact awareness of the business community.

FINALISTS:

  • Blue Water Concepts
  • Sḵwálwen Botanicals
  •  TAG Panels

Winner: Blue Water Concepts

Recognizes a business that provides an accessible platform for a diverse range of arts and entertainment within the community. This business is a leader and role model to other businesses of its kind and is paving the way for inclusivity, equity, & diversity in the arts. It demonstrates strong engagement and collaboration with artists and community members and has made positive contributions to the artistic and business community through engaged efforts. It has demonstrated excellence in creativity and customer experience.

FINALISTS:

  • Act Alive Academy
  • Between Shifts Theatre -The Studio
  • Step Out! 

Winner: Act Alive Academy

Recognizes a business for its ingenuity and innovation in product design, marketing, science, technology, productivity, commercialization, business planning, employee training, and other business activities. This business extends community support above and beyond its professional duties and demonstrates creativity and originality with innovation that has made a positive contribution to the business community.

FINALISTS:

  • Bueno Custom Furniture
  • Euphoria Natural Health
  • Quantum Technology Corporation

Winner: Bueno Custom Furniture

Recognizes a business that has enriched the community through financial, volunteer, or project-based contributions. It has made a marked impact on the lives of Squamish citizens as well as positive enhancements to community infrastructure, services, or amenities. Has significantly invested in the growth and development of the local community which has enhanced and sustained its overall health and wellbeing.

FINALISTS:

  • Groms Physio & Co

Winner: Groms Physio & Co

Recognizes a business that has enriched the community through financial, volunteer, or project-based contributions. It has made a marked impact on the lives of Squamish citizens as well as positive enhancements to community infrastructure, services, or amenities. Has contributed a significant amount of time and resources to the growth and development of the local community which has enhanced and sustained its overall health and wellbeing.

FINALISTS:

  • OurSquamish Place Making Society
  • PearlSpace
  • Squamish Senior Living Society
  • Squamish Welcome Centre

Winner: PearlSpace

Business Eligibility Requirements

Any local business may be nominated. All businesses must be registered and licensed in the Sea to Sky to qualify for the voting round.

General Award Criteria

Business Awards are open to companies, organizations, enterprises, and not-for-profits within the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Individuals only will be accepted for Young Entrepreneur Award and Bill Manson Citizen Award.

Businesses or organizations must have been in operation for three (3) years with the exception of the New Business Award.

Businesses, organizations, and individuals are eligible for nomination in a maximum of two (2) categories.

Winners from previous years may not be nominated in the same category for two years following their win, however they are eligible for other categories.

Runner-up nominees from previous years are eligible for re-nomination in the same categories.

Companies and organizations closely connected to a member of the Board or staff of the Squamish Chamber are not eligible for nominations.

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Congratulations to the 2022 Award Recipients!

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2021 Business Excellence Winners

Last year over one hundred nominations were received, reflecting a strong and prosperous business community, full of talent, creativity and innovation. The 2021 Squamish Business Excellence Award Winners were:

Green Business of the Year - presented by GFL

The Nook Refillery

Young Entrepreneur of the Year - presented by Woodfibre LNG

Mike Van Capelle, Blue Water Concepts

Innovation and Resilience - presented by Race & Company

99 North Cannabis Store

Service Excellence - Large Business - presented by BlueShore Financial

Pearl’s Value & Vintage

Service Excellence - Small Business - presented by Nesters Market Squamish

Sḵwálwen Botanicals

2020 Business Excellence Awards

Dance Directions – Summer 2024

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