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The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the annual Fernie Business Excellence Awards will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at the Best Western Fernie.

We acknowledge that local businesses, entrepreneurs, and community groups dedicate their time to growing their businesses, creating jobs, innovating, building community, and making Fernie an excellent place to work, live and play. The 2023 Fernie Business Excellence Awards is a time to celebrate these accomplishments and those that have contributed in a meaningful way to our local economy, community, and social wellbeing. Please join us in recognizing these businesses, organizations, and local legends by taking part in our online nomination survey. Nominations from the public are now open and will run from Tuesday, August 1 until Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 11:59pm

The twelve award categories for 2023 are: Citizen of the Year, Community Group of the Year, New Business of the Year, Community Tourism Achievement, Employer of the Year, Environmental Sustainability Award, Businessperson of the Year, Outstanding Customer Service, Business Innovation Award, Chamber Business Legacy Award, Fernie Business of the Year, and the People’s Choice Award.

Following the nomination survey period, nominees will be contacted to complete a Nominee Form which will be used by a panel of local judges to determine this year’s winners. The Fernie Chamber has brought the judging process back to a panel of local judges comprised of: sponsors, past winners, community partners and Fernie Chamber of Commerce board of directors. We believe this is a balanced process, ensuring nominees receive a fair chance of becoming a finalist or recipient in their category by local authentication. Exceptions to this process are Citizen of the Year and the Chamber Legacy Award – which are both judged by the Fernie Chamber board of directors. Businesses and organizations nominated in all categories will be on the ballot for the People’s Choice award that the public will vote on in September.

For more information on the Fernie Business Excellence Awards please visit the chamber website.

If you or your business are interested in sponsorship opportunities for this year’s awards, please contact

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