188 Nominations for Fernie Business Excellence Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Fernie Business Excellence Awards closed on Friday September 13th 2019 with 188 individual nominations made. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce has contacted the 78 nominees with an award application form. The form asks the business questions specific to the award they have been nominated for. For example, outstanding customer service award asks businesses to tell the judges how they provide great service and to include references to online review forums. 

The Fernie Chamber solicits judges from outside of the Fernie area to remove local bias. In the past our judges have included university professors, business owners, and chamber executives from across the province and country. The Business Excellence Awards are about action and about what the businesses have accomplished. We gather as much experience data from the business as we can to identify businesses going above and beyond. 

The public can get involved in the awards fun by voting for the People’s Choice Award. All nominees are entered to the people choice and voting takes place online. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019FerniePplChoice to vote for your favourite nominee. 

Business have until September 27 th to complete their award applications. At that time, the information will be forwarded to the judges for scoring. On October 14th the Chamber will announce the finalists. Finalists will be celebrated at a VIP Reception prior to the main awards gala. Winners will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards on October 25 th at Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge. Tickets are on sale now to the awards gala via the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber thanks the many sponsors who make this event happen: North Coal, TECK, Super 8 Fernie, Western Financial Group, Telus, Tourism Fernie, Columbia Basin Trust, Fernie Alpine Resort, Community Futures East Kootenay, College of the Rockies, Rockies Law Corporation, Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge, The Free Press, City of Fernie, and Fernie Brewing Company and Claris Media.