The nominations are now open for the 32 Annual Business Excellence Awards, presented by McPhail Kilt Makers. The theme of this year’s gala is “Mad about Plaid” and nominations will be accepted until noon on Aug. 15 (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Nominations open for 32nd Annual Business Excellence Awards

The theme of this year’s gala is ‘Mad about Plaid’ thanks to the event sponsor, McPhail Kilt Makers

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards, presented by McPhail Kilt Makers.

The awards, which are in their 32nd year, are hosted by The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce (PWCCC). Nominations will be accepted until 12 p.m. on Aug. 15, and late nominations will not be accepted.

According to a release from the chamber, the awards “aim to recognize local Penticton and area businesses, organizations and individuals that are setting a new standard in excellence in their respective fields.”

“We’re delighted to be sponsoring the 32nd Annual Business Excellence Awards,” said Paul McPhail, owner of McPhail Kilt Makers, in the release. “It’s going to be a fantastic event, and we can’t wait to congratulate the winners.”

The 16 awards, which are open to companies, organizations and non-profit groups, will be presented at the 32nd Annual Business Excellence Awards ‘Mad about Plaid’ taking place Oct. 5 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort’s East Ballroom.

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The categories for this year’s awards are: Tourism Excellence; Customer Service Excellence; Most Valuable Employee; Non-Profit Organization of the Year; Newsmaker of the Year; Young Business Leader of the Year; Farm to Glass; Workplace Culture Excellence; Community Impact; Business of the Year; Business Leader of the Year; Innovation Excellence in Manufacturing, Technology or Construction; New Business; Community Volunteer of the Year; Professional Services Business of the Year and Growth & Development Excellence.

Nominations can be submitted online at or the form can be downloaded and sent to the office, located at 102 Ellis St. The award selection committee is made up of local businesses and community leaders with varied experience.

The night will be one of celebration and inspiration as the community honours the award recipients as “leaders in their industry with a commitment to customer service, a concern for the community and a passion for innovation.”

“This year the theme will be Mad about Plaid, so bring your tartan hats, purses and kilts. Get your tickets early, this is the Penticton business event you don’t want to miss,” said Nicole Clark, president of the PWCCC.

Early bird tickets for the 32nd Annual Business Excellence Awards ‘Mad about Plaid’ gala will be on sale from Aug. 1 to Sept. 6 for $90 each or $825 for a table of 10 (plus GST). For more information about the business excellence awards visit

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