Submitted by: Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the upcoming Annual Awards Dinner.

“The Annual Award committee has been interviewing all of the finalists. It will be a tough decision since all of the finalists are deserving of the awards,” said Shelli Jones, Marketing Coordinator for the chamber.

This year’s Small Business of the Year finalists are 2020 Solutions, Gary’s Plumbing and Heating and iAj Multimedia. A small business must have 20 or fewer full-time employees and must be a Chamber member to qualify.

2018 winners, pictured from the bottom left: Hans Erchinger-Davis of Lighthouse Mission Ministries; Ellie Margulies, Flex Movement Lab; Lori Reece, RE/MAX Whatcom County; Rand Jack, Whatcom Land Trust; Wendy Eickmeyer, Spark Museum; Sue DeLeon, Bob Wallin Insurance; Cameron Stewart, Minuteman Press; Kevin Coleman, WhatcomTalk; Stacee Sledge, WhatcomTalk; John Barron, Barron Heating & Air Conditioning. Photo credit: Radley Muller Photography.

This year’s Large Business of the Year finalists are Four Points by Sheraton, Barron Heating & Air Conditioning and Woods Coffee. A large business must have 21 or more full-time employees and must be a Chamber member to qualify.

This year’s CEO of the Year finalists are Ray Deck III with Skookum Kids, Ross Black with Simple Box Storage and Danielle Rosellison with Trail Blazin’ Productions.

This year’s Nonprofit of the Year finalists are Animals as Natural Therapy, Brigadoon Service Dogs and Whatcom Family YMCA.

The winners for Small, Large and Tourism Business of the Year are announced at the dinner along with CEO, Nonprofit, Maritime Industry, Lifetime Achievement, Young Professional and Chamber Ambassador of the Year.

“We are also excited to announce that Veritas Media Productions will be producing the event including videos, sound and lighting. For the first time, Veritas will also be shooting video of the acceptance speeches which have been among the highlights of previous award ceremonies,” said Jones.

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.

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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