Winners among 90 finalists in 17 different categories will be chosen tonight in Victoria, as the 2018 Business Excellence Awards spotlight quality businesses around Vancouver Island.
The Delta Ocean Pointe Resort is hosting the 18th annual awards gala, a sold-out affair that brings together representatives from companies ranging from car dealers and tourism operators to restaurants and fitness studios.
Business of the Year awards for companies under and over 50 employees will be presented, as well as winners in categories that include automotive, construction/development and real estate, entrepreneur, food and food production, health care, hospitality, industrial manufacturer, manufactured wood products, ocean products, professional, restaurant, retail, technology, tourism and trades.
Here’s a list of finalists (by city, north to south), each of which was nominated by the public:
Cove Adventure Tours, Kwalilas Hotel, Tex Electric.
Beach Fire Brewing, CR Animal Parties, Marine Harvest Canada, Steve Marshall Ford, Tremain Media Inc.
Blinds & Bubbles Boutique, Dale Roberts Notary, Strong Hearts Fitness, Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt, Cumberland Crate Co.
Bayview Custom Motorcycles, Bread & Honey Food Company, Close to You Ladies Fashions, M & N Mattress Shop Ltd., Nurture Collective, Alcove Homegrown Living, Arbutus Dental Clinic, Qualicum Beach Inn, Salt and Harrow (French Creek), Mid Island Computer Enterprises (Nanoose Bay).
Coulson Ice Blast, Port Posh Wash, The Blue Marlin Inn, Totem Tree Service.
Long Beach Lodge Resort, Norwoods Restaurant.
Alair Holmes, Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant, Butler Wilson Quality Construction, Coco Cafe, Datum Point Studios, Excalibur Custom Homes, Foley Dog Treat Company Inc., Harris Mazda, Hearthstone Artisan Bakery, Lanson’s Drywall, Maffeo Salon and Day Spa, Mazzei Electric, Mid Island Co-op, Nori Sushi, Pheasant Hill Homes, Resonance Software, SignAge, Snip ‘n Stitch, Tilray, Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales, VMAC.
49th Parallel Grocery, April’s Tack Boutique.
Riot Brewing Co.
Cowichan Valley & Malahat
Creative Woodcraft, Made to Last Building & Renovations, Alinea Legal Coaching, Malahat Chalet.
Balance Home Cleaning, Big Wheel Burger, Clinic 805, Comfort Keepers, Dodd’s Furniture, Eagle Wing Tours, Engaged HR Inc., First Light Technologies, Freshworks Studio, Home Care Assistance Victoria, Maple Leaf Adventures, Mike Geric Construction, Nu-View Homes, Pain Free Tax & Bookkeeping Service, Soare Contracting Inc., Victoria Eye Surgery, Wade Roberst Plumbing, Waymark Architecture, Western Interior Design Group Ltd., Tudor House Liquor Store (Esquimalt).
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, Hook & Hook Renovations, VRX Ventures.
Saltwest Naturals Inc., Seaflora Skincare, The Stick in the Mud Coffee House, West Coast Heeler Pack, Westcom Plumbing and Heating.
Alpine Auto Repair & Tirecraft, Cascadia Liquor Langford, Colwood Dental Group, Juan de Fuca Veterinary Clinic.
Black Press is a Platinum Sponsor of the BE Awards this year, and RBC Royal Bank, Grant Thornton LLP, Shaw and Liquid Capital West Coast Financing Corp. are the event’s Gold Sponsors. Category sponsors are Coastal Community Credit Union, Helijet, Island Savings Credit Union, Grieg Seafood, Invest Comox Valley and Business Examiner.