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Local businesses nominated for awards

Fifteen businesses from the Comox Valley have been nominated for the 12th annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, which will be presented Thursday.The Comox Valley finalists are:Hospitality/Tourism Business of the Year — Island Gourmet Trails;Forestry/Wood Products Company of Year — Woodland Flooring;Small Business of the Year (under 50 employees) — Comox Valley Sports & Social Club;Hospitality/Tourism Business of the Year — Mount Washington Alpine Resort;Professional Company of the Year — Odlum Brown;Technology Business of the Year — My Tech Guys;Community Leader of the Year — Vancouver Island Community Connect;Hospitality/Tourism Business of the Year — Gone Fishin';Retailer of the Year — Shar-on's Ladies Wear;The Going Green Award — Blue Toque Sports Swap;Trades Company of the Year — Courtenay Plumbing;Automotive Business of the Year — T&D Automotive Ltd.;Retailer of the Year — Ski Tak Hut;Health Company of the Year — We Care Home Health Services;Small Business of the Year (under 50 employees) — Budget BlindsThe awards, to be presented at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort in Langford, are an all-Vancouver Island event, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank, Hayes Stewart Little Chartered Accountants, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.They are co-ordinated by Business Examiner and Business Vancouver Island newspapers.The event will be MCed by Stephen Andrew of CTV Vancouver Island.Tickets for the gala are $125 and available until Jan. 25 through www.businessvi.ca.— Business Examiner

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