Alberni businesses finalists in Island awards

Eight Alberni Valley-based businesses are finalists in the 14th annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards.

Eight Alberni Valley-based businesses are finalists in the 14th annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards.

Port Alberni area finalists are:

Business of the Year (Under 50):  SteamPunk Café & Cofeehouse

Manufacturer of the Year: Hetherington Industries Ltd.

Professional: West Coast SLAM

Retail: Animal Ark

Retail: Jenny’s Fine Foods, Gifts & Eclectica

Retail: Jim’s Clothes Closet

Retail: West Coast Home Hardware

Trades: Hetherington Industries Ltd.

Forest/ Wood Products Company of the Year: Browns General Excavating and Material Movement.

A near record number of nominations are in for the 14th annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, set for Jan. 23 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

“There are some amazing businesses doing great things on Vancouver Island, and it’s exciting to see them come in as nominations for these awards,” says Robert MacDonald of Business Examiner Vancouver Island, which is coordinating the event. “This event has been celebrating the best of the best in business, and success stories from Victoria to the north end of the island,” he said.

“The judges have a tough task ahead of them to determine which business stands out…”