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Four Comox Valley businesses brought home impressive hardware and accolades from the 11th annual Business Examiner awards.
Island Gourmet Trails' owner Gaetane Palardy was honoured as Vancouver Island Entrepreneur of the Year, coffee company Royston Roasting was name Manufacturer of the Year, 1stView was named Real Estate Company of the Year and Two Eagles Lodge was named Hospitality/Tourism Business of the Year.
“Celebrating Business Excellence on Vancouver Island” the BE Awards were presented Jan. 27 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. Awards were presented in 17 categories.
“To add this Island-wide award to our mantle leaves us a bit speechless,” said Carolyn Touhey, who along with her husband Steve, runs Two Eagles Lodge. “We are so pleased to be ambassadors for the Island, and the Valley in particular. We are happy that guests who nominate us recognize our efforts and our sincere desire to turn their vacations into incredible memories.”
Two Eagles Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Union Bay also won the 2010 Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau.
Real Estate Company of the Year, 1stView, offers a unique way to find new Vancouver Island Real Estate.
“We are thrilled to win this award as it acknowledges a new type of real estate business, which is internet-based,” said owner Clarice Coty. “Our business is growing quickly as a result of our online presence and we have increased our growth by 55% in the past year. Our entire team is responsible for this achieving this award and we are very appreciative.”
Manufacturer of the Year, Royston Roasting Company produces quality, fair trade organic, artisan roasted coffee. They also go one green step further and package their fresh roasted beans in eco friendly bags made of rice paper.
"Our success and this award would not be possible without the tremendous excitement and support we have received from our Comox Valley community and the many small businesses, friends, and colleagues that make our coffee a daily ritual and promote our company wherever they go," said owner Dyan Spink.
Entrepreneur of the Year, Gaetane Palardy is the owner/operator of Island Gourmet Trails, which offers exciting, delicious, day-tours within the Comox Valley. Their culinary adventures are planned to cover different trails throughout the Valley, and from Parksville to Campbell River.
“I am honoured to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” Palardy said.“The success of Island Gourmet Trails is a reflection of the Comox Valley’s vibrant and dynamic agri-tourism sector. It could not have been possible without the collaboration and partnership of many local ventures who share a kindred spirit. It speaks to the growing potential of the valley as a culinary tourism destination.”