Chamber celebrates business excellence

Penticton Business Excellence Awards will be handed out Saturday at the trade and convention centre

The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards Gala “On Prosperous Tides” takes place Saturday at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. Ticket sales are now closed.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. followed by the awards. Seating is open so you will want to come early to get your best seat. See you all there.

The first Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce Business After Business networking event of 2012 will take place Thursday, Feb. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Barley Mill Pub located at 2460 Skaha Lake Rd.

These events are a great opportunity to get to know the host business and meet and mingle with other business people in the community. Chamber members attend for free while future chamber members can check it out by investing $20 at the door or for free as a member guest. The Barley Mill offers a fun atmosphere and its staff and management are looking forward to seeing everyone there. I’ll be there and I hope many of you will too. Bring your business cards.

The chamber of commerce will also be holding its annual general meeting on March 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn and Suites Ballroom. This is a member-only event which will include the election of the 2012 board of directors. The director nomination form is available on our website at Nominations for new directors will close at 4 p.m. March 1. The AGM is a reception-style event with light appies and a cash bar following the meeting. I look forward to seeing a good turn-out of members.

Kudos to ABK Restoration Services, the Penticton School of Hair and McCoy Trailers/Peerless for helping to get Penticton working. All three companies recently hired new people into their local operations. And kudos also to G. Little Electric for donating $500 to the program, which the chamber turned into gift certificates at local restaurants. Each month one lucky company will receive a gift certificate to use as they wish. Congratulations to McCoy Trailers for being our January winner.

Bayley’s BrewHaHa “Anything they can brew, u can brew better!” is under new ownership. Jason Cox recently purchased the Penticton and Osoyoos operations of Bayley’s BrewHaHa and he’s enjoying his new role.

I was in the Penticton location the other day and Jason said to me, “I love this business. I’ve been missing the neat interaction with people that retail offers and I enjoy the hands-on work.”

Bayley’s is full service and utilizes automatic brewing machines for consistent quality output. They provide a great selection of quality brand products: Brew House brand beers and R. J. Spagnols (a division of Vincor) and Vineco (a division of Andrew Pellar Estates) wines were some I noticed on the shelves. They also stock all the supplies needed for bottling and some fun accessories. Bayley’s is typically open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and they are also happy to host special events such as group bottling parties at your convenience. Call them at 250-493-5786 or stop by 103, 1652 Fairview Rd. Penticton to speak with the experienced professional staff and order up your brew of choice.




Erin Hanson is the general manager of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.