After months of interviews, meetings and deliberations, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for its 2016 Business Excellence Awards, and the Halton Learning Foundation has made the list for the second year in a row in the not-for-profit category.

The Chamber has named 22 local organizations as potential winners of awards in a variety of categories. Award nominations are based on overall business excellence and the criteria include excellence in business leadership, community contributions, entrepreneurship, environment, employee welfare, innovation and market growth.

“The Chamber was faced with some very tough decisions to choose finalists and winners this year” said Keith Hoey, President & CEO of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. “The calibre of the companies seems to be getting better every year. This is a clear indication of the world-class organizations that carry on business in Burlington and the Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be able to recognize all these organizations.”

“We are thrilled to once again be recognized as a business of excellence,” said David Grant, chair of the board of HLF. “There are so many outstanding not-for-profits in Burlington, including our fellow nominees, so to be selected as a finalist for a second time is truly an honour.”

The winners will be announced at the Chamber Business Awards Gala set for April 6 at the Burlington Convention Centre.