The stage is now set for the 34th annual Business Excellence Awards hosted by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce on October 18th.

Forty-eight finalists have been announced for this year’s event at the Prince George Playhouse, which spans 12 different categories.

Chamber CEO, Todd Corrigall told the public support shown for all the nominees was nothing short of fantastic.

“This was the highest amount of nominees that we have ever had for the Business Excellence Award nearing 400 total nominations, which is absolutely astounding since there were 12 categories.”

So what is most responsible for the large wave of nominations?

“I think that is also reflected in new businesses and people paying much more attention to local businesses now.”

“It is people who are paying much more attention to local businesses that are here and out doing things in the community and who is really shaping the community that we are and what we’re moving towards. I think that’s really important because people are recognizing the strong work and the leadership and the hard work these business owners are putting into it.”

A full list of the categories and finalists can be found here:

Business of the Year: 

  • Birch and Boar Charcuterie and Provisions
  • Westcana Electric Inc.,
  • Primus Electric Inc.
  • MNP LLP.

Business Person of the Year:

  • Bikram Sahi – Onyx Stone and Custom Cabinets
  • Glen Mikkelsen – CN Centre
  • Selen Alpay – Canadian Tire Prince George
  • Sonica Kandola – RK Furniture Gallery 

Top Non-Profit or Charity:

  • YMCA of Northern BC
  • Prince George Hospice Society
  • Foundry Prince George
  • United Way 

Top Marketing Campaign:

  • Route 16 – Tourism Prince George
  • Pop Media Inc.
  • Move Up Prince George – City of Prince George
  • Cariboo Rocks the North 

Environmental Leadership:

  • Adventures in Self Sufficiency
  • Col Juicery
  • Pacific Western Brewing
  • Prince George Driving for Life Academy 

Excellence in Food & Beverage:

  • Trench Brewing and Distilling
  • Smokey J’s Mmmeats
  • Farmhouse Catering Company Ltd.
  • North City Donair 

Excellence in Hospitality:

  • Woodhouse Cottages and Ranch
  • Courtyard by Marriott Prince George
  • Pomeroy Inn & Suites
  • Salmon Valley Campground 

Top Indigenous Owned Business:

  • The Pepper Tree Hair Studio Inc.
  • Prince George Barber Shop
  • Zandra Ross Lifestyle
  • Erin Stagg Fine Art 

Micro Business of the Year:

  • Blissful Bubbles Boutique
  • 4 Paws Pure
  • Simply Beautiful Jewelry Design and Clothing
  • Kay Ross Photography 

Top Workplace Culture:

  • Ave Maria Specialties
  • The Exploration Place
  • Pine Centre Mall owned by Morguard
  • Primus Electric Inc. 

Remarkable Visitor Experience:

  • Northern FanCon
  • Cariboo Rocks the North
  • Woodhouse Cottages and Ranch
  • CrossRoads Street Festival Series 

Service Excellence Award:

  • Darling Deviance Wool Shop and Gifts
  • It’s All About Coffee and Food
  • Madison Ave Fashions
  • CBI Health Centre Prince George