Annual Awards Dinner presented by First Federal

Every year we honor those businesses that stand out above the rest. On Thursday, December 5, we celebrated the successes of our  member businesses and highlighted their contributions to the community. We also honored individuals whose civic-minded dedication and  professional integrity left the audience of 400 inspired and encouraged.

The Annual Award Dinner is a celebration of our local business community where we award the Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Nonprofit Organization of the Year, Tourism Business of the Year, CEO of the Year, Chamber Ambassador of the Year, Young Professional f the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Our newest award is a rotating industry award. For the first year of the industry award, the chamber chose the maritime industry – one of Whatcom County’s original industries.

Please join us in congratulating:

2019 Large Business of the Year presented by VSH Certified Public Accountants

Woods Coffee

Watch their Annual Award Dinner video and Wes Herman’s acceptance speech.

2019 Small Business of the Year presented by First Federal

Watch their Annual Awards Dinner video and Aaron Nelson’s acceptance speech

2019 Tourism Business of the Year presented by Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism

Fairhaven Village Inn

Watch their Annual Awards Dinner video and Connie Shannon’s acceptance speech.

2019 Nonprofit Organization of the Year presented by Banner Bank

Animals as Natural Therapy

Watch their Annual Awards Dinner video and Sonja Wingard’s acceptance speech

2019 Maritime Industry Award presented by Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel and Conference Center

Bellingham Cold Storage

Watch their Annual Awards Dinner video and Doug Thomas’ acceptance speech.

2019 CEO of the Year presented by Bank of the Pacific

Ray Deck, Skookum Kids

Watch their Annual Award Dinner video and Ray Deck III’s acceptance speech.

2019 Young Professional of the Year presented by Signs Plus

Gurpreet Dhillon, PeaceHealth

Watch Gurpreet win the Top 7 Under 40 which included the Young Professional of the Year award.  Watch Gurpreet’s acceptance speech here!

2019 Chamber Ambassador of the Year presented by US Bank

Natalie Ransom, Pozie by Natalie

Watch Natalie’s Annual Award Dinner video and her acceptance speech.

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Salish Wealth Management

Jim Jorgensen

Watch Jim’s Annual Award Dinner video and his acceptance speech.

The chamber congratulates the award finalists:

Small Business of the Year, Gary’s Plumbing and Heating  (video)

Small Business of the Year, IAj Multimedia  (video)

Large Business of the Year, Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel and Conference Center (video)

Large Business of the Year, Barron Heating & Air Conditioning  (video)

CEO of the Year, Ross Black with Simple Box Storage (video)

CEO of the Year, Danielle Rosellison with Trail Blazin’ Productions. (video)

Nonprofit of the Year, Brigadoon Service Dogs  (video)

Nonprofit of the Year, Whatcom Family YMCA. (video)

How are the award recipients chosen?

Nominations for the Small Business, Large Business, CEO and Nonprofit of the Year awards are submitted by the public and Chamber of Commerce members. Upon submission, the nominations are evaluated by the Annual Awards Committee.  The committee consists of active Chamber members who volunteer to serve on the committee.  The committee determines the three finalists for the four awards mentioned above. The committee then visits the finalists and conducts interviews to ensure that all businesses are asked the same questions and evaluated equally.  The results of the interviews are used to review each finalist where the merits of each finalist is debated.

Nominations were solicited from June 10 through August 1, 2019.

2015 Annual Awards Dinner. Photo by Radley Muller Photography

2015 Annual Awards Dinner. Photo by Radley Muller Photography

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2015 CEO of the Year – Mike Hammes of RAM Construction. Photo by Radley Muller photography.

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2015 Annual Awards Dinner. Photo by Radley Muller Photography

2015 Annual Awards Dinner. Photo by Radley Muller Photography

2015 Annual Awards Dinner. Photo by Radley Muller Photography

Award criteria
Reserve your seat or table today!
Previous Award Winners

What?
Annual Awards Dinner

When?
Thursday, Dec., 5
5:30-9 p.m.

Where?
Four Points by Sheraton
714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham

Cost?
$75 Members
$85 Non-members
$800 Table Sponsors (8 per table) Available to members only.

Thank you to our 2019 presenting sponsor:

First Federal

Chairman’s Club member – First Federal

Thank you to our 2019 award sponsors:

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First Federal

Chairman’s Club member – First Federal

Chairman’s Club member – Salish Wealth Management

Chairman’s Club member – Bank of the Pacific

Wine Sponsor:

Our Exclusive Photography sponsor:

Radley Muller

And Our Exclusive Media sponsor:

Thank you to the reception partners: