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Business Excellence Awards


The Mission Business Excellence Awards is one event we utilize to nurture business community growth, discussion and exposure within the Lower Mainland.  Taking time to recognize our valuable professionals within our community is vital to its continuous growth and success. This is the event of the year to shout out Businesses or Business Leaders that actualize superior workplace practices and values.

Our Event

The Business Excellence Awards is our way of recognizing the business community for its consistent and invaluable efforts in maintaining a lively professional community and superior workplace practices within Mission. This premier black-tie event cultivates the best of the best to celebrate achievement in 8 distinct categories, created to capture the diverse strengths of Mission Business. Annually we strive to improve on our past events and add a new sparkle and shine.

Stay tuned as we always have a few surprises up our sleeve.

Nominations OPEN September 15 - October 31 2020 

This process will be open to the public between September 15, 2020, and October 31, 2020. This is where we ask you (the experts), to let us know who the exceptional businesses and organizations in our community are.

Nominations will be accepted in the 8 categories outlined below via our website.  Every business that is nominated will receive an official letter of congratulations and the official Business Excellence Awards submission package which will need to be completed and returned.

We play fair. Each nomination will be reviewed to ensure the business or organization qualifies for the selected category.  The package submission due date will be November 15.

If a business is nominated in multiple categories, the business may choose a maximum of 2 categories to compete in.

2020 Business Excellence Awards Categories TO BE DETERMINED SOON

Customer Service Excellence

The Customer Service Excellence Award is presented to a business that exemplifies superior Customer Service and Care. Demonstrating outstanding customer retention, exceptional knowledge of their products, and/or services, and exceeds their customers’ expectations repeatedly, within the Mission community.

Established Business of the Year

An Established Business that has been in operation for no less than 6 years, that continues a strong and dominating presence in the Mission Business Community. This award recognizes the significant contributions to the economic health of the community, business growth, development of fresh and revitalized business practices, and continuous contribution to the local community.

Resiliency Award 

A business that demonstrated strength and resiliency during COVID-19. This business found new and innovative ways to adapt and respond to business disruptions, while maintaining continuous business operations or pivoting their operations to serve the greater community. They did not give up, and above all things, they were kind, calm, and compassionate.

Marketing & Communication

A business or organization which is innovative in their approach to marketing and promoting their product or service effectively. Utilizing media and communications on all levels, including personalizing marketing with digital tools, data, and approaches, to build a reputation, drive strategic growth, and enhance their business, improving engagement with customers and prospects.

Non-Profit Organization of the Year

A registered society that is active in the local community by making a positive contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of the Mission area. This organization shows leadership, demonstrates outstanding contributions, active collaboration, and engagement with others beyond who they serve while maintaining a good relationship with their internal and external partners.

Small Business of the Year (1-5 years)

An emerging or existing innovative small business with 20 or fewer employees that has been in operation between one and five years, and exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit and vision, exceptional leadership with new products, services, or processes. Is recognized by their peers for their competitive edge, professional integrity, excellence in customer service, and their success.

U40 Entrepreneur of the Year

The U40 Entrepreneur of the Year recognizes the outstanding achievement of those under the age of 40, who have successfully built their organization. This person has gained an expanding positive reputation and strong interpersonal, career, and business potential within the community.