The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is offering two ways to celebrate the 33rd annual Business Excellence Awards this Saturday, Oct. 3.
Celebrate in-person or virtually to congratulate this town’s exceptional business and community leaders at the 2020 Fire & Ice Celebration of Success presented by Total Restoration Services.
“As with most everyone through this pandemic, we had to pivot and adapt to keep moving forward, as did our our annual awards gala,” said Chamber president Nicole Clark.
The year of 2020 is business as un-usual and the Chamber is using this opportunity to #supportlocal by hosting small, low capacity, live-streamed events at four Chamber partnering restaurants – Barley Mill & Pub, Boston Pizza, Elks Lodge and The Nest.
And, this year there will be two options to celebrate the 2020 nominees and finalists.
You can enjoy a dinner at one of the chamber’s restaurant partners. You will have your own reserved table within your ‘social bubble’. The Chamber will be live-streaming the event on the restaurant’s big screens as well as handing out the hardware to the winners in each category.
Or the Chamber can bring the awards’ night directly to you. Have dinner at home from one of the four restaurant partners and watch the ceremony online. Local web service provider netDNA Services will be doing the live streaming.
This year there were 126 businesses nominated for the awards, and 92 will be recognized on Oct. 3.
“The quality of the finalists made it very hard for our judges,” said Clark. “The innovation and collaboration going on in this town is amazing to see.”
Supporting local is the focus of this year’s event and the key message the Chamber wants to get across.
“The stories we are hearing of how they’ve dealt with COVID and changes to their business model just to survive, is great,” said Clark.
“It’s also impressive how collaborative everyone has become through the pandemic where businesses aren’t looking at each other as competition but rather trying to support one another,” said Clark. “Small business have suffered drastically for the last six months. If we want them to be around through this, we need to think local and shop local.”
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