All businesses, non-profit organizations, business and community leaders are eligible for nomination, provided they meet the following criteria. 

Business nomination region includes Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos and Keremeos. Valid municipal business license required where applicable.

  • Nominee only requires ONE nomination to be considered for an award category. JUDGING is not based on the number of nominations received.
  • A business person or business owner/employee can nominate themselves for their own business (*excludes for Young Professional and Business Leader of the Year - self nominations not accepted)
  • Each award category has its own eligibility criteria that the nominees must meet to be eligible to submit an award application. The Chamber reviews all nominations against the specific eligibility criteria for the award category the nomination is in and will notify nominees when they are approved to submit an award application.
  • Nominee must not have been Penticton Chamber Business Excellence Award winner in the award category they are nominated for in the past 3 years (includes 2021, 2022, 2023).
  • There is no cost to nominate a business or for a business to receive a nomination.
  • Nominee does not need to be a Chamber member to be nominated.
  • Penticton Chamber reserves the right to realign nominee to a different category if required. 
  • The Chamber may request further information to confirm or complete your application.
  • Nominees may only accept nomination in one award category. If a business/individual is nominated in more than one award category, they must choose which nomination they will accept and complete. 
  • Nominees can begin working on their award application as soon as they receive a nomination confirmation.
  • All award applicants agree to be bound by these rules.


Chamber Staff & Direct Families: Ineligible for any award nomination.

Chamber Board Directors: Ineligible for the following categories - New Business of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Business Leader of the Year and Business of the Year

Title Sponsor: Ineligible for the Business of the Year.

Award Sponsors: Sponsor businesses are not eligible to be nominated in the award category they sponsor.

Previous Award Winners: Nominees are not eligible if they have won an award in the same category in the past three years (2021, 2022, 2023)

Award Criteria Date AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2024 applies to all award categories.

  • For Profit must have been in operation a minimum of 2 years (24 months); 
  •  Not-for-Profit must be a registered Charity in operation a minimum of 2 years (24 months) and are ineligible for  the following award categories Hospitality Excellence, Community Builder, Service Excellence, New Business and Business of the Year. 
  • New Business in operation for less than 3 years (36 months); 
  • Young Professional of the Year must be aged 19 to 40 as of September 1, 2024 and have an ownership, management or leadership role for a minimum of 2 years; 
  • Business Leader of the Year must be aged 40 or older as of September 1, 2024 and have an ownership, management or leadership role for more than 2 years; 
  • Business of the Year in operation a minimum of 4 years (48 months) as of September 1, 2024 

Additional Information:

  • Penticton Chamber reserves the right to disqualify incomplete applications without notice;
  • Acceptance of the applications received is at the discretion of the Penticton Chamber;
  • If there are fewer than three applications in any category, Penticton Chamber reserves the right to eliminate that category from judging or extend the deadline for the specific category to solicit additional nominations;
  • All nominees and selection committee judges must agree to the code of conduct;