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ByLinda W. Smith

Mar 16, 2022

Westsiders Sean Warren and Nevada Holmgren opened AMPD General Contracting and Electrical Services in spring 2021.

AMPD offers new and renovation projects for residential and commercial properties.

Both men are skilled craftsmen and can do most of the work themselves.

They also have other traders in their team.

In addition to services such as kitchen renovations, AMPD carries out exterior cladding, flooring, bathroom renovations, terrace construction, complete constructions and new homes.

They also offer custom wooden crafts, including wine racks, blanket ladders, and shelving.

Both Warren and Holmgren are Red Seal electricians who have worked in the industry for 18 years. Warren is a master electrician.

Holmgren’s electrical experience began in high school, when he had the opportunity to enroll in a BCIT electrical program during his second semester of 11th grade and first semester of 12th grade. year.

He graduated from high school with his freshman year of electricity completed.

Warren was a cabinetmaker and owned a business with his brothers that made windows, doors, siding, fences, decks and sunrooms.

Holmgren said he wasn’t going anywhere working for someone else.

“There are a lot of bills to pay and that’s the only way I see myself progressing in the game,” he said.

Holmgren likes that every day at work is different.

The response to the AMPD has been good, Holmgren said. They got busy and hired an apprentice.

“Anything you need to do, you can call us and we’ll do it or figure out how to do it,” Holmgren said.

People can reach Warren at 250-469-0781 or Holmgren at 604-347-8257, email ampd@telus.net or check out the AMPD General Contracting Facebook page.

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After being delayed due to COVID-19 health orders, the Greater Westside Board of Trade hosted its 20th in-person Key Business Awards Gala on March 10 at the Cove Lakeside Resort.

“Our local business community has shown resilience, tenacity and continually supported each other during very difficult times,” said Amber Hall, chair of the Greater Westside Board of Trade.

West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund was named Geoffrey Paynter Citizen of the Year for being a visible pillar in the community and continuing to stay calm under pressure during the community’s toughest times.

Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital again won the Platinum Service Award and was named Business of the Year.

The West Kelowna Warriors once again won the community and public service award

“We all recognize the importance of community outreach and it’s a great recognition of those efforts off the ice,” said Warriors president Chris Laurie.

Smith Creek Cycle won for Young Entrepreneur Spirit; Bottega Lounge

won the Environmentally Sustainable Business Award; Kelowna Pride Society won for arts and entertainment; Enlight Designs won the home business award; Freeport Industries was named for large companies; Okanagan Integrative Health took on new business; Esteem Lingerie won the small business award; Ruby Industries was nominated for Technology and Innovation and Jason Parkes Customs won the Tourism and Hospitality award.

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People can vote for their favorite Peachland business in the Peachland Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Categories include Entrepreneur of the Year,

Staff of the Year in Customer Service and Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality.

Those who vote can be entered into a draw for two tickets to the awards night.

Go online for peachlandchamber.com vote. Voting is open until March 23 at noon.

The Peachland Business Excellence Awards evening will take place on April 30 from

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Peachland Community Center.

The evening will include the awards ceremony, entertainment by Niki Martinus and a surprise guest, a Taste of Peachland food truck, a silent auction and games. Tickets available online at peachlandchamber.com.

Barb Aguiar’s business column appears bi-weekly in the Westside Weekly. Call 250-768-0129 or email westsidebusiness@telus.net.


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