-for immediate release-

Sept 19,2014


The Greater Westside Board of Trade hosted its annual Key Business Awards Gala Thursday September 18 at Two Eagles Golf Course.


"The greater Westside's business community truly came together to make this evening a great success. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to our corporate sponsors, judges and to all those who attended as we had our best attendance ever," says Marek Buryska, Board of Trade Co-Chair.


With the theme of 'Collaboration for Innovation', keynote speaker, Mark Jennings-Bates spoke about the importance of business owners being able to provide a working environment that encourages collaboration among employees, with the ultimate results being an increased bottom line.


"Mark talked about thinking outside the box and being visionary. By looking to the future and working backwards, the rules change and boundaries are broken. This opens up communication and inspiration from groups you would not traditionally interact with. This theme perfectly aligns with the Greater Westside Board of Trade's current goals - to work with other organizations and find solutions that benefit the entire Okanagan region," said Norm LeCavalier, Co-Chair.


The evening began with finalists and sponsors enjoying a reception sponsored by Gorman Bros with the West Kelowna Music School Performance Group performing entertaining guests. Wine was provided by Little Straw Vineyards and Summerhill Pyramid Winery and sponsored by Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan. 


Awards listed below with accompanying sponsor & winner's name


Business Of The Year- Kelowna International Airport

* Fifth Avenue Auto


Tourism & Hospitality - Visit Westside

*  The Cove Lakeside Resort


New Business- Greater Westside Board of Trade

*  Sanctuary Gardens


Aboriginal Business-Westbank First Nation

*  Chase Office Interiors

Small Business - Mario's Towing Ltd & Del Oro Towing Ltd.

*  Ultimate Hockey and Skate


Young Entrepreneur- Grant Thornton

*  AMC Tours- Christopher Cruz


Large Business- CIBC Commercial Banking

*  Fender's Automotive Center


Platinum Service Provider- Valley First Credit Union

*  Fifth Avenue Auto           


Sustainable Green Business-BC Hydro

*  Paynter's Fruit Market


Community & Public Service - District of West Kelowna

*  Holroyd Family Chiropractic



For further info please contact Karen Beaubier, Executive Director, Greater Westside Board of Trade 250.768.3378 or [email protected]

 Mission Statement:

"The Greater Westside Board of Trade will impact growth and prosperity of the local business community by advocating opportunities, economic sustainability and collaboration among Greater Westside businesses and various levels of government."