Chamber Choice winner for the 2017 Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards, Silvertip Signs and Promotions. On the left, Gord and Janice Shaben and Shauna McGinlay, far right, accepted the award. Caiden Owens, red shirt, from The Chill Shop, the winner of the 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. (Contributed photo)

Voting open for Terrace Business Excellence Awards

Premier awards galla announced for Oct. 13

Voting is now open for the Terrace Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Judges have chosen their finalists from a list of 100s and now it’s up to the public to vote for this year’s winners.

“The judges had a difficult time choosing the three finalists from the 100s of nominations we received from the community,” said Loralie Thomson, president of the Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce. “It is a testament to the commitment people of Terrace have to making this a great place to do business and live. We encourage everyone to vote by visiting our web site and to watch the Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page for sneak peeks into who the finalists are in each category.”

Finalists in the top category for this year’s Business of the Year Award are Northwest Automotive Repairs and Services Ltd, Northwest Fuels and West Point Rentals. See the full list of finalists below.

Voting for this and all other categories will be open until Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at the awards galla on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Terrace Sportsplex.

The galla is considered the premiere business event of the year, providing an opportunity for businesses to be recognized for their successes. The theme for this year is black and white.

Robert Pictou, producer and host of CFTK’s Open Connection will be this year’s master of ceremonies.

Organizers say the committee has been busy designing elegant decorations which will enhance the evenings festivities, beginning with served appetizers followed by a buffet dinner.

Funny man and magician Ryan Michael, an award winning entertainer who blends mentalism with comedy and magic will provide the evening’s entertainment.

The awards presentations will follow Michael’s act

The evening will finish with dancing to help celebrate all nominees.

Safe rides home will be available from the Terrace Air Cadets.

For tickets, and to vote for this year’s finalists visit terracechamber.com

2018 Business Excellence Awards Finalists

Business of the Year Award: Northwest Automotive Repairs & Services Ltd, Northwest Fuels and West Point Rentals

Community Impact Award: Mike Nagel, Skeena Valley Emergency Support Services Team and Terrace Off Road Cycling Association

Contributor to the Arts Award: Adventures in My Trusty Boots – Jen Philippe, Free Elements Dance Studio – Molly McNulty & Jessica Ames and Skeena Salmon Art Festival – Dave Gordon

Customer Service Award: Chef Abhi’s Classic Indian Cuisine, Salt Relaxation Centre and West Point Rentals

Executive of the Year Award: Cal Albright – Kermode Friendship Society, Rob Dykman – Coast Mountain Wireless and Justin Lamoureux – Canadian Tire

Home Based Business Award: Cindy’s Sweet Delights – Cindy Dollemore, Jody’s Creations – Jody Kucharyshen and R.E.D Cycles – Rob & Erica

Most Valuable Employee Award: Bonnie Kilup – Canadian Tire, Devon King – Terrace Totem Ford and Samantha Nyce – Studio 3 Salon & Spa

Newsmaker of the Year Award: Cordial Carpentry, Kermode Friendship Society and Skeena Salmon Art Festival

Resource Industry of the Year Award: Axis Mountain Technical, Coast Mountain Wireless and Kitsumkalum Rock Quarry and Logistics Park

Volunteer of the Year Award: Terri Foster, Sonja Krug and Steve Little

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Talisa Bachek – GLOSS Esthetics, Katryna Jenniss – Westco Designs and Molly McNulty & Jessica Ames – Free Elements Dance Studio

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