It's that time of year and the nominations for the annual Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business Excellence Awards are now open!
“The Business Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding small businesses, entrepreneurs, employees and organizations who contribute so much to our community and local economy,” explained Mike Guarnery, Chamber Manager.
Businesses may be nominated in each of 13 categories, including retail business, professional services, tradesperson or contractor, youth-friendliness and home-based business of the year. For a complete list of categories and associated criteria, visit the Chamber website at www.kimberleychamber.com.
Nominations may be submitted online on the Chamber website, or in person at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce or Tourism Kimberley offices.
Nominations will be open until September 25th, at which time the finalists will be contacted and interviewed.
“We're doing things a bit differently this year in that we'll be selecting three finalists in each category. A panel of interviewers will be selected with representation from the Chamber, City of Kimberley and the business community. The panel will interview each finalist to determine the winner,” said Mike.
The winners will be announced at the gala on Saturday, October 24that the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre.”
The Business Excellence Award Gala is a great opportunity to get dressed up, have a fabulous meal and celebrate Kimberley's small business community. In addition to the meal, music and great conversation, attendees will be treated to a panel discussion with several local businesses speaking about the opportunities, challenges and successes they've encountered operating in our community.
According to Mike, “This is an interactive opportunity to engage, share and learn how these businesses are retaining great staff, having success in their marketing, how they have successfully rebranded or just how they are dramatically increasing their sales.”
“There is an incredible diversity of businesses in our community with strong skill sets and interesting stories. All too often, these vital local contributors are under-appreciated and not publicly celebrated. This is our opportunity to change that.”
Tickets for the Business Excellence Awards Gala, will be available for purchase in late September. The Gala will be held on October 24th at the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre, so mark your Calendars! Chamber members will be able to purchase the tickets at a discounted price with more details released in the coming weeks.
“We're looking forward to this being our best and most well-attended awards event ever,” said Mike, “we hope to see a lot of our Kimberley members as well as attendance from our surrounding communities for this fun evening in support of Kimberley's business community.”
Welcome to the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce
The Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards will be held on October 24th at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre. We want to your nominations to count in selecting this year’s nominees. Click here to go to the ballot page. You are encouraged to add rationale for your nominations on the ballots.
We are celebrating a great summer in the Kimberley business community and you are invited to golf in this year's 2-person Best Ball Golf Tournament at the Trickle Creek Golf Resort. This fun and lightly competitive tournament consists of 18 holes of golf, cart, unlimited range, dinner buffet and prizes - all for ONLY $89. Register online or stop in at the Chamber office.