Chamber announces 2011 business of the year nominees

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry has chosen its small and large business of the year nominees for 2011. These organizations are being honored for their positive impact on our community.

The finalists for small business of the year, sponsored by Comcast Business Services Group are: K&K Industries, Mt Baker Harley Davidson, NautiGirl Brands, Sunset Music DJ and The Upfront Theatre

The finalists for large business of the year are: Bellingham Cold Storage, Birch Equipment Rental & Sales, Little Caesars, Louis Auto Glass and Whatcom Land Title.

The nominees for green business are NW Recycling and Haven Design Workshop.

Nominations for these awards are made from throughout the community, and a committee of chamber members makes the decision on the finalists in each category. Committee members then visit each of the finalists, present to the group and vote on a winner.

The results will be announced at the chamber’s annual awards banquet, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Lakeway Inn and Conference Center.

“With so many deserving companies in our county, and with dozens of nominations sent in, making this decision is always difficult for our nomination committee, and I thank all of them for their efforts,” Ken Oplinger, chamber president and CEO, said in a press release.

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