Submitted by: Whatcom Business Alliance

A sell-out crowd of 450 business leaders came together at the 32nd Annual Business Person of the Year Awards Banquet to recognize the best and the brightest in the Whatcom County business community.

A highlight of the event at the Semiahmoo Resort & Spa was presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to local fishing-industry icon Andrew Vitaljic of American Canadian Fisheries.

Other winners included:

  • Business Person of the Year—Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry, a hugely successful do-it yourself bath and beauty products business that she launched on her kitchen table 20 years ago.
  • Small Business of the Year—Emergency Reporting, a developer of software for first responders to medical and civil emergencies worldwide.
  • Start-Up of the Year—1st Class Auto Body, which zoomed from zero to $2 million in auto-repair revenues in just its first year in business.

The event was emceed by Tony Larson, president of the Whatcom Business Alliance and publisher of Business Pulse magazine, co-sponsors of the awards program. Visit www.businesspulse.com or www.whatcombusinessalliance.com for more details.

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