The Prince George Chamber of Commerce announced its finalists for the 2005 Business Excellence Awards during a special luncheon.
The awards recognize the many contributions made to the community by local business, awards chairperson Joy Lee said.
“Businesses do a lot in the community – sponsor events, teams and so on and provide goods and services to the community,” Lee said. “It also raises awareness of what companies can do. It might promote some to look at how they can change and develop.”
Members of the Chamber of Commerce will vote for the winner in each category and the results will be announced during the award dinner on Oct. 29. Chamber executive director Sherry Sethen said the event is a highlight for business people.
“It really is recognized as the premier event for business in the community,” she said. “Other chambers have borrowed our ‘Academy Awards’ format.”
The three finalists in the community booster category were Shaw TV, Trend Setters Hair Studio and Day Spa and Clarica Investments Prince George.
The non-profit community booster finalists were the Gateway Business Improvement Association, Highway 97 Adopt-a-Basket and Spirit of B.C. Prince George.
Ladles, J & A Stereo and Vanishing Laser Esthetics were the finalists in the customer service category. Canfor, the City of Prince George and Daniel Douglas Botanical Garden Society all were finalists in the green award category. High Tech Business Images, Indigo Ink Graphic Design and Premier Computer Care all got the nod in the home-based business category.
The manufacturer of the year finalists included Carrier Lumber, Northern Steel and Vanway Cabinets. Prince George Mill Supplies, the Northern Sports Centre and UNBC’s Northern Medical Program all were finalists for newsmaker of the year.
The finalists for retailer of t he year were Canadian Tire, Gemini Jewelers and McInnis Lighting. Kim Forest Management, Timberline Forest Industry Consultants and Terra Cognita Software Systems all were recognized in the technology innovator category. The tourism excellence category had five finalists, including the Northern B.C. Tourism Association, Prince George Airport Authority, Prince George Folkfest Society, Prince George Vintage Car Club and Treasure Cove Hotel.
Canadian Tire, Hubbell Designer Goldsmiths and Pacific Western Brewing Company were all finalists in the corporate citizen of the year category.
Finalists in the business person of the year category were Buddy Drujes of Benchmark Automotive Services, David George of Spee Dee Your Office Experts, and partners David Sutherland and Gerry Bergeron of Prince George Mill Supplies.