Tri-Cities Chamber Announces Business Excellence Awards

This past week, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce had one of their swankiest events of the year. The annual Business Excellence Awards Gala was held at the Red Robinson Theatre at Boulevard Casino. Every year, the Tri-Cities Chamber honours the best of the local business community. The winners for 2009/2010 are…

    Newsmaker of the Year Award

Local political rabble rouser and Tri-M Group of Companies owner Doug Stead won, but he then repatriated the award to fellow nominee Ernie “Punch” McLean of Golden Bear Mining Ltd. While Doug made plenty of news this year, former New West Bruins coach McLean walked out of the woods after being missing for 4 days in northern BC. He had previously survived a plane crash in the 70s, so the fact he was around to pick up his award is quite amazing.

    Not for Profit of the Year

PoCoMo Youth Services, with their sweet Project Reach Out Bus, have been serving the youth of the Tri-Cities since 1992.

    Small Business of the Year

Beyond the Grape of Port Moody is the place to go to make your favourite wine. They have a great, up to date website, and you can follow them on Twitter for all kinds of wine goodness.

    Business Leader of the Year

Greg Barnes of Barnes-Harley-Davidson Buell opened their Port Coquitlam location in 2008 to satisfy the call of the open road.

    Business of the Year

It’s The Coquitlam Centre. For Tricities residents, the mall really needs no introduction. It’s the place to go for pretty much anything, and they have the best Mall Santa anywhere. Between you and me, in my family we have a soft spot in our hearts (and our tastebuds) for Togo Sushi.

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