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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 9 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.

May 1st 2019 - August 31st 2019 - Nominate Me Program

This process will be open to the public between May 1st 2019 and August 31st 2019. This is where we ask you (the experts), to let us know who the business leaders are in the community!

The 9 categories, outlined below, to nominate for the 2019 Awards. We ask that you submit these nominations via our website.  Every business who receives a nomination will receive an official letter of congratulations, their categories judging package (to be complete by October 31st), and the Chamber team will send out a virtual cheer!

We play fair. Each nomination will be reviewed to ensure they qualify for the category chosen. All nominees must have their judging packages completed by October 31st 2019.

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

2019 Business Excellence Awards Categories

Customer Service Excellence

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

Employer of the Year

Employer of the Year Award will be presented to a business leader who is recognized for continuously maintaining a superior work environment and culture. This business, champions their commitment to fostering employee engagement, promoting a healthy work-life balance, embracing diversity, and maintains and/or exceeds, employment standards and safety policies.

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.

Local Contribution

A Business that demonstrates significant local focus in their day to day operations. This includes Businesses or leaders who exemplify qualities of Community Awareness. Be it through local manufacturing, retailing/utilizing products and/or services produced locally and encouraging community involvement.

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 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.