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Finalists announced for Delta Chamber’s 2023 Business Excellence Awards

Awards to be handed out in seven categories during gala celebration at Tsawwassen Springs on Nov. 17
Guests enjoy the festivities during the Delta Chamber of Commerce’s 71st annual Hats Off to Excellence Awards on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (Delta Chamber of Commerce/submitted photo)

The Delta Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for this year’s Business Excellence Awards.

Since 1951, the Delta Chamber of Commerce has recognized outstanding community members and businesspersons at the Business Excellence Awards (formerly Hats Off to Excellence Awards) Gala.

Long considered to be the premiere business event of the year in Delta, the gala is a high‐profile, prestigious event to honour the businesses, organizations and individuals making a difference in Delta and Tsawwassen First Nation. Honourees are chosen based on the criteria of professional accomplishments, leadership, initiative and community involvement.

“We’re incredibly excited to be celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the Delta Chamber’s Excellence Awards. This is an awesome opportunity to recognize the incredible contributions of our business leaders in Delta and celebrate their contributions to our amazing communities,” Jill McKnight, executive director of the Delta Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release.

“A special thank you goes to the event’s presenting sponsor, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, for their generous support of the Business Excellence Awards Gala.”

This year’s awards will be handed out in seven categories: Rising Star Business, Small Business of the Year, Medium Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Community Impact, Business of the Year, and Citizen of the Year.

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The Rising Star award recognizes a newly-founded, independent business that is no more than three years old and no less than one year old that has demonstrated operational success and growth while maintaining a positive work environment and a strong community commitment.

Finalists for the Rising Star Award are Clean Slate Skin Bar, Cookies Ice Cream Co., and The Hub Refillery.

The small, medium and large business of the year awards recognize businesses that have reached strong and continuous growth, established new technology or broken into a new market while demonstrating a positive work environment, strong growth potential and a commitment to the community.

This year’s finalists for Small Business of the Year (one to 10 employees) are Anchor Marketing Inc., Mr. Mom’s World Catering, and Vinca’s Kitchen.

Finalists for Medium Business of the Year (11-49 employees) are Deas Island Dance, J&R Excavation & Demolition, and West Coast Windows.

For Large Business of the Year (50 or more employees), the finalists are Jutt Foods, Southpointe Academy, and Synergy Rehab Delta Physiotherapy.

The Community Impact Award recognizes a not-for-profit organization or business that is making a significant impact in Delta and/or the Tsawwassen First Nation, demonstrating excellence in social responsibility, reputation and a positive social conscience by utilizing its resources to improve the community through programming, events, initiatives, and/or support of — or collaboration with — local not-for-profits.

Finalists for this year’s award are Delta Community Living Society, Deltassist Family & Community Services Society, and Guru Nanak Food Bank.

Lastly, Business of the Year recognizes a nominee from the above categories that has reached strong and continuous business growth, leadership in their industry, established new technologies or broken into a new market, demonstrating a positive work environment, strong growth potential and a commitment to the community while serving as inspiration and a role model to other businesses.

This year’s finalists for Business of the Year are Big Mountain Foods, New Vision Projects, and Socialite Beauty.

Winners of these awards, as well as this year’s Citizen of the Year, will be announced at the Delta Chamber of Commerce’s 72nd annual gala, happening on Friday, Nov. 17 at Tsawwassen Springs.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the event will feature a welcome reception with hors d’oeuvres starting at 6 followed by a three-course plated dinner at 6:45, plus a silent auction and, of course, presentation of the awards themselves.

Single tickets and table of eight are on sale now at

Read about last year’s winners here

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