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Sold out gala celebrates successful Kimberley business people

(From left) Alan Bowler and Curtis Kaldestad, from Root For Me, were all smiles following winning an award at the recent Kimberley Business Excellence Awards. - Photo Brian Coombs
(From left) Alan Bowler and Curtis Kaldestad, from Root For Me, were all smiles following winning an award at the recent Kimberley Business Excellence Awards.
— image credit: Photo Brian Coombs

The Kimberley Business Excellence Awards Gala was held on October 22.

Chamber Manager Mike Guarnery wanted to thank the attendees, Columbia Basin Trust, Kootenay Insurance Services and all the other sponsors who helped make this a must-attend event.

This year’s award winners:

Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada: Tamarack Dispensaries

Environmental Stewardship of the Year – sponsored by Tyee Log & Timber: Root For Me

Food & Beverage Excellence of the Year – sponsored by BDO Canada: Bear’s Eatery

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by the College of the Rockies: Ella Marken – Crème Cheese Shop

Home Business of the Year – sponsored by Toni Lepore Accounting: Suite Apps

Excellence in Tourism of the Year – sponsored by Tourism Kimberley: Simply Kimberley

Employee of the Year – sponsored by EK Employment: Melanie Kostiuk – Kimberley City Bakery

Business of the Year – sponsored by The Kimberley Daily Bulletin: Kimberley Centex

Retail Business of the Year – sponsored by Kimberley Alpine Resort: Talaria

Creative Professional of the Year – sponsored by Canadian Rockies International Airport: Big Magic Designs

Youth-Friendly Business of the Year – sponsored by B104 & 102.9 The Drive: Kootenay Dance Academy

Stan Salikin Community Booster Award – sponsored by the City of Kimberley: Kimberley Rotary Club

Tradesperson or Contractor of the Year – sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay: Vermette Roofing

Professional Services Award – sponsored by Kootenay Business Magazine -Koocanusa Publications: Sun Life Financial Services

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