Submitted by: Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce has opened nominations for the 15th Annual Awards Dinner.

Lighthouse Mission’s Hans Erchinger-Davis accepts the award for Nonprofit Organization of the Year. Photo by Radley Muller Photography. Photo credit: Radley Muller Photography

The dinner will take place on Thursday, December 5, where the Chamber will award Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Tourism Business and Nonprofit Organization of the Year in addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, CEO of the Year, Chamber Ambassador of the Year and the Young Professional of the Year.

Nominations for 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 consisting of active Chamber members who volunteer to serve on the committee. The committee determines the three finalists for the Small and Large Business of the Year, Nonprofit and CEO of the Year. The committee visits the finalists and conducts interviews to ensure that all businesses are asked the same questions. The results of the interviews are used to review each finalist to determine the winners.

RE/MAX Whatcom County reacts when they hear that they’ve won Large Business of the Year. Photo by Radley Muller Photography. Photo credit: Radley Muller Photography

The public can nominate their favorite Chamber business at www.bellingham.com/annual-awards-dinner or on the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Linkedin page. Nominations will be accepted through August 1st.

Businesses that wish to be nominated are invited to display the Bellingham Chamber Annual Awards Nomination badge at their storefront or on their website. Interested businesses may contact the Chamber for more information.

Businesses that wish to be nominated are invited to display the Bellingham Chamber Annual Awards Nomination badge at their storefront or on their website.

The newest award is a rotating industry award. This year, the Chamber has chosen the Maritime industry—one of Whatcom County’s original industries.

Last year’s award-winners included: Stacee Sledge of WhatcomTalk for Woman of the Year, Kevin Coleman of WhatcomTalk for Man of the Year, John Barron of Barron Heating and AC for CEO of the Year, Bob Wallin Insurance for Small Business of the Year, RE/MAX Whatcom County for Large Business of the Year, Ellie Margulies of Flex Movement Lab for Young Professional of the Year, Spark Museum for Tourism Business of the Year, Cameron Stewart of Minuteman Press for Chamber Ambassador of the Year and Rand Jack for Lifetime Achievement.

John Barron of Barron Heating & AC, the 2018 CEO of the Year. Photo credit: Radley Muller Photography

The dinner will be held at Four Points by Sheraton from 5:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. The cost of attendance is $75 for members, $85 for non-members and $800 for table sponsors (8 per table, available to members only.)

The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce has been serving its members and the local business community for more than 100 years as the voice of business in Bellingham and Whatcom County. The Chamber is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit that promotes community and a strong economy; provides programs and events for its members; facilitates factually based dialog between business, the government and the community; and represent business interests with government and the community.

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