Valley businesses earn top honours

The Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards were handed out Jan. 23 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, and one Cowichan Valley business came out on top.

In the category of Insurance/Financial Services Company of the Year, Island Savings’ Chemainus Branch took top honours. Cowichan Bay’s Bamboletta Dolls could join them in the winner’s circle later this month. The local company has made the top five in the category of Best Community Impact in the provincial Small Business BC Awards. A total of 417 business were nominated for the awards this year. The finalists will face a panel this month to argue their case to take top prize. Winners will be announced at a gala in Vancouver Feb. 27.