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.

Thank you for your nominations for the 2019 Business Awards.
The Awards were announced at the annual Chamber Awards Dinner on February 8th, 2020.
Here are the winners. Congratulations!

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.

2019 WINNER: Townsite Fruit & Veg

Small Business of the Year

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

2019 WINNER: Julie’s Airport Market
2019 Finalist: Laszlo Tamasik Dance Academy

Home-Based Business of the Year

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

2019 WINNER: Juniper Dragon Handmade
2019 Finalist: Paradise Valley RC Hobbies

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.

2019 WINNER: Foxtrot Electrical
2019 Finalist: Chopping Block

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.

2019 WINNER: Iguanas Mexican Grill
2019 Finalist: 32 Lakes Coffee

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.

2019 WINNER: Andtabaka Farm
2019 Finalist: Myrtle Point Heritage Farm

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 and area as a destination.

2019 WINNER: Lund Resort at Klah ah men
2019 Finalist: Sunshine Coast Shuttle

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.

2019 WINNER: 100+ Women Who Care
2019 Finalist: Powell River Community First Aid Team

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.

2019 WINNER: Lund Resort at Klah ah men
2019 Finalist: Afterglow Hair Lounge

Forestry Sector Award

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

2019 WINNER: Tilt Contracting
2019 Finalist: Powell River Community Forest

The Sustainability Award

OUR NEW AWARD in 2019! 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.

2019 WINNER: First Credit Union
2019 Finalist: City Transfer

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.

2019 WINNER: Paige Anderson of Laslo Tamasik Dance Academy
2019 Finalist: Matt & Nicole Bordignon of Elemental Design & Millwork

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.

2019 WINNER: Fred Pannell (RONA)
2019 Finalist: Jolene Sutcliffe (Tla’amin Nation)

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.

2019 WINNER: Kelly Keil (Powell River Peak)
2019 Finalist: Aaron Reid (Banking On It Bookkeeping)

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.

2019 WINNER: Mother Nature

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