Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce salutes the Business Class of 2018 with awards show presentations

With the voting process completed back in early February, all that was left for the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce to do was to hand out the awards and on Saturday night the North Coast's business sector was saluted for their perseverance in the race of what are some fairly trying times for the retail economy of the region.

As we noted back in January, seventy four businesses, services or organizations made to the final nomination phase for voting, with the online selection process taking place between January 29 and February 10th.

You can review the full list of those who had been nominated here.

From those seventy four nominations, fifteen business operators or community services resonated the most with the community, with their votes delivering the names to be engraved on this years trophies.

In a gala showcase at the Lester Centre on Saturday night, the Chamber awarded those who had received the voting support of the community with their awards, providing for a review of some of the range of business services that are available in the community.

As they say at awards shows everywhere ... the winners were:

Business of the year
The Argosy

Community involvement
Northern Savings Credit Union

Dining Distinction
Naomi's Grill

Family Conscious Business of the Year
Good Times Games and Electronics

Home Based Business Excellence
Nails by Diane Marie

Indigenous Peoples Entrepreneurship
Empire Tree Services

Individual Customer Service
Rob Gruber

Industry and Manufacturing Excellence
Lighten Up Electric

Newsmaker of the Year
Rushbrook Trail Partners

Not for Profit of the Year
Prince Rupert Wildlife Rehab Shelter

Professional Excellence
Pacific Coast Veterinary

Retail Excellence
Maverick Foods

Rookie Business of the Year
Seal Cove Neighbourhood Pub

Tourism and Accommodation
Prince Rupert Adventure Tours

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Red Shadow Boxing and Fitness

All but one of the fifteen awards handed out on the night were by way of popular vote, the Newsmaker of the Year award, which this year went to the Rushbrook Trail Partners was selected by a juried panel process.

Business of the Year Recipient The Argosy shared their thanks through a Twitter post on Sunday.

Photos of Saturday's showcase event for the Business community will be made available through the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page which you can view here.

You can also find some celebrations of the business community through this YouTube presentation.

For more items of note on the Northwest Business sector see our archive page here.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

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