After weeks of voting, Echoflex Solutions Inc. captured Squamish's 2008 Best Local Business of the Year Award, which climaxed last weekend at the Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting and gala.
Founded and operated by residents Brian Aikens and Shawn Pederson, Echoflex is the engine behind EnOcean's radio and energy-harvesting technology, which is patented. That technology brings wireless control to lighting and process control applications.
Runner ups were Play N Trade and Trinity Romance. The criteria was nominations, online votes, innovation, level of service and contribution to local economic development.
The downtown sex shop, though not favoured by judges, was adored by peers. Online voters pegged Eric Armour's kinky venture for best business, and one of those voters also received a prize.
The contest was a great success this year," said Squamish Sustainability Corporation Business Development Lead Dave Thomson in a press release.
"Bringing it online allowed for valuable community involvement, and with more awareness next year we look forward to an even larger base of nominations and votes from the community to help choose the most deserving winner."