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 fifteen 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.

Announcing the Winners of the 2022 Business Awards

Our Banquet & Awards Presentation for 2022 took place on Saturday February 4th, 2023.
We are happy to list the winners. Congratulations!

Home-Based Business Award
Winner: Ever Red Fresh Designs
Runner-Up: Perfect Fit for Brides & Grads

New Business of the Year
Winner: 460 Realty
Runner-Up: The VK Wellness Initiative

Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner: Steve Brooks, Townsite Public Market
Runner-Up: Diana Paloma Rodriguez, Iguanas Mexican Grill

Agricultural Award
Winner: Windfall Farm
Runner-Up: Powell River Farmers’ Market

Customer Service Award
Winner: The Chopping Block
Runner-Up: FreshCo Powell River

Hospitality Customer Service Award
Winner: Dairy Queen Powell River
Runner-Up: River City Coffee Roasters, Bakery & Urban Eatery

Not-For-Profit Excellence Award
Winner: Miklat Recovery Society
Runner-Up: Powell River Salmon Society

Forestry Sector Award
Winner: Bob Marquis Contracting Ltd.
Runner-Up: Powell River Community Forest Ltd.

Aboriginal Business Award
Winner: Tla’amin Convenience Store
Runner-Up: Jehjeh Media

Sustainability Award
Winner: First Credit Union
Runner-Up: Sunshine Disposal & Recycling

Tourism Award
Winner: PRISMA Festival & Academy
Runner-Up: Jimmy Jack Charters

Small Business of the Year
Winner: Afterglow Hair Lounge
Runner-Up: Two Wheel Tech

Employee of the Year
Winner: Pieta Woolley, qathet Living
Runner-Up: Tyler Woods, Aero Services Ltd.

Employer of the Year
Winner: Melanie Jordan, Sunshine Coast Health Centre
Runner-Up: Sean Lawry, Big O Tires & Coast Auto Centre

Business Excellent Award
Winner: qathet Living

Nominate for Next Year

We are now accepting nominations for the 2023 Business Awards.
We have 15 categories to recognize business excellence in our community:
Entrepreneur, New Business, Aboriginal Business, Not-for-Profit Business,
Home-Based Business, Small Business, Forestry Sector, Agricultural Sector,
Tourism, Sustainability, Customer Service, Hospitality Customer Service,
Employer of the Year, Employee of the Year, and Business Excellence Award.

A Nomination Form is available here in pdf format.
Our deadline to receive nominations will be in January 2024, exact date to be confirmed.