The Fernie Business Excellence Awards finalists have been announced and excitement is building for the awards gala.

The judging panel has been hard at work making some very difficult decisions, and the Chamber now have their 2019 Fernie Business Excellence Awards finalists. Nominations for the 2019 Fernie Business Excellence Awards closed on Friday 13 September 2019 with 188 individual nominations made. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce contacted the 78 nominees with an award application form. The form asks the business questions specific to the award they have been nominated for. For example, outstanding customer service award asks businesses to tell the judges how they provide great service and to include references to online review forums.

The process is almost complete and the finalists are:

2019 SPIRIT OF FERNIE AWARD

ANGEL FLIGHT EAST KOOTENAY

CAROLLA’S CRUE

FERNIE SENIORS SOCIETY

2019 COMMUNITY TOURISM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

FERNIE BREWING COMPANY

SNOW VALLEY LODGING

STAG LEAP RUNNING CO

2019 OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

GEARHUB

ISLAND LAKE LODGE

SPA 901

2019 NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

BRANCH OUT LEARNING

FERNIE DISTILLERS

STOCKED CO

2019 ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

FERNIE DISTILLERS

LILAC MEDIA

PET TECH CARE

2019 TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD

FERNIE SCHOOL AGED CARE

MCGIVER WOODWORKS

SPARROW HAIR

2019 EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

ISLAND LAKE LODGE

SPA 901

WESTERN FINANCIAL GROUP

2019 FERNIE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

COAL TOWN GOODS

FERNIE LODGING COMPANY

NEVADOS

2019 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

BRIDGE BISTRO

CAROLLA’S CRUE

SUPER 8 FERNIE

2019 COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

FERNIE DISTILLERS

ISLAND LAKE LODGE

SUPER 8 FERNIE

2019 CHAMBER LEGACY AWARD

RECIPIENT TO BE ANNOUNCED AT AWARDS GALA

2019 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

RECIPIENT TO BE ANNOUNCED AT AWARDS GALA

2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

RECIPIENT TO BE ANNOUNCED AT AWARDS GALA

To select the finalists the Fernie Chamber solicits judges from outside of the Fernie area to remove local bias. In the past their judges have included university professors, business owners, and chamber executives from across the province and country. The Business Excellence Awards are about action and about what the businesses have accomplished. The Chamber gathers as much experience data from the business as we can to identify businesses going above and beyond.

Finalists will be celebrated at a VIP Reception prior to the main awards gala. Winners will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards on October 25th at Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge. Tickets are on sale now to the awards gala via the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, call for tickets. 250.423.6868

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