Business Awards

The Powell River Chamber of Commerce
is proud to host the annual Business Awards.

The Awards gala takes place early in February with a Dinner, Silent Auction & Awards Ceremony. These awards recognize the efforts and accomplishments of our local business community in thirteen categories.

We Celebrate the Business Successes in our Community.

We encourage you to nominate a business or person for our next awards. You will find the categories and criteria here to help you in your nominations. A business must be established (operating to the public) for at least 12 months to be eligible for any of the awards. You may nominate a person or business in more than one category, however multiple nominations for the same business in the same category is not necessary. We do not use a popularity system but rather an independent judging panel who review all submissions with equal consideration.

Our deadline for nominations is January 20th, 5:00pm.

Once downloaded the form can be filled out on screen. Then just email it to us.

New Business Of The Year

A business operating for more that 1 year and less than 2 years that has gained an expanding positive reputation.

LAST YEAR’S WINNERS: Double Odds Fishing Ltd.
Last Year’s Finalists: Pacific Coast Appliance & Installations / Straight Up Greens

Small Business of the Year

A business with less than 20 employees that has demonstrated superior quality in all aspects of business operation.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Pollen Sweaters
Last Year’s Finalists: Laszlo Tamasik Dance Academy / River City Coffee / T&R Contracting Ltd. / Townsite Brewing Inc.

Home-Based Business of the Year

A home-operated business that consistently shows excellence and quality in service and/or merchandise.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Dogworx Pet Ranch
Last Year’s Finalists: Cottage Creek Bake Shop / Feather Point Designs / Juniper Dragon Handmade / Service Vocal Training

Customer Service of the Year

A business that provides its customers with a consistent excellence in service that goes beyond customer expectations. It also encourages its staff to meet the changing customer needs and stands behind its product or service with minimum customer inconvenience.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Mother Nature
Last Year’s Finalists: Hindles Camera & Stationary / The Nutcracker Market / Underwriters Insurance Ltd.

Hospitality Customer Service of the Year

A business that provides its customers with a consistent excellence in service that goes beyond customer expectations. It also encourages its staff to meet the changing customer needs and stands behind its product or service with minimum customer inconvenience.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: The Seasider Bistro
Last Year’s Finalists: Coastal Cookery / Costa del Sol / Fruits & Roots / Little Hut Curry

Agricultural Award

This business has distinguished itself and shown leadership by promoting the betterment of agriculture in our city. This award will be presented to any individual or agriculture-related business who has made outstanding contributions in the advancement of agriculture.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Terra Nostra Farm
Last Year’s Finalists: Hatch-a-Bird Farm / Paradise Valley Produce

Tourism Award

This business has demonstrated a superior ability to satisfy visitors expectations through their services and/or products. This business provides and promotes an outstanding visitor experience and actively encourages the growth of Powell River aand area as a destination.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Footprint Nature Explorations
Last Year’s Finalists: Mitchells Canoe, Kayaks & SUP Rentals & Sales / Old Courthouse Inn/ Terracentric Coastal Adventures / Townsite Brewing Inc.

Not-For-Profit Excellence Award

A not-for-profit organization that has recognized a need within our community and who through community responsibility, innovation, growth, sound business practices and community partnerships has served our community with vision and integrity.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Friends of Powell River
Last Year’s Finalists: 100+ Women Who Care / PR Health Care Auxiliary / PR Hospice Society / PR Therapeutic Riding Association

Aboriginal Business of the Year

This award goes to a business that is Aboriginal owned and operated in the Powell River region. The business shows leadership and dedication to the preservation of its cultural values and identity and creates positive growth within the community.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Tla’amin’s Sunshine Herbals
Last Year’s Finalists: Cedar Weaving by Sosan / Sli City Grill

Forestry Sector Award

This business shows excellence and/or innovation in forestry, forest management or forest related industry.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Thichum Forest Products
Last Year’s Finalists: Powell River Community Forest / Thedan Forest Products

Entrepreneur of the Year

A person who has organized and assumed the risk of a business locally which has been open for at least 12 months. An Entrepreneur is defined as a person who has the unique skills and exceptional initiative to establish a business venture.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Elaine Steiger
Last Year’s Finalists: Heidi Jackson (Fruits & Roots) / Mike & Sarah Salome (Point Group Hospitality) / Paige Anderson (Lazlo Tamasik Dance Academy) / Sheona Scott (Beyond Bliss Spa & Suites)

Employee of the Year

An employee of a business who goes above and beyond customer expectations, delivers exceptional knowledge of the products and services and makes a consistent positive contribution to their workplace. Nominations for this awards MUST be accompanied by your comments as to why this employee deserves this award.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Janice Brehaut (Villani & Company)
Last Year’s Finalists: Cathy Bartfai (Staples Business Depot) / Sean Percy (Powell River Living Magazine)

Employer of the Year

A business owner or manager who creates a positive, fair and supportive environment for all employees, while maintaining and even exceeding employment standards and safety policies. This employer models integrity and excellent communication skills. Nominations for this award MUST be accompanied by your comments as to why this employer deserves this award.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Peter Bordignon & Gary Slootweg (Powell River Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd.)
Last Year’s Finalists: Mike & Sarah Salome (Point Group Hospitality) / Tye Leishman (Tempco Heating & Cooling Specialists)

Business Excellence of the Year

OUR TOP AWARD! A business that has been in operation for more than 5 years and has consistently offered outstanding service and/or product to its customers and displays a strong commitment to community involvement. Nominations for this award MUST be accompanied by your comments as to why you feel this business deserves this award.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Coast Fitness

The Sustainability Award

OUR NEW AWARD! The Sustainability Award recognizes a local business that has reduced their environmental impact by using sustainable practices in their supply chain, reduced their carbon footprint by minimizing waste, emissions and pollutants and recognizing efficient water, land and resource  management.

Once downloaded the form can be filled out on screen.