Chamber picks business of the year finalists

Green Business and Nonprofit of the Year also announced

The Bellingham Business Journal

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry has chosen its Small and Large Business of the Year nominees for 2010.

The finalists for Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Comcast Business Services Group are: Audio Innovations, LaserPoint Awards & Promotions, Naturally Decadent Affairs, Special T Signs & Graphics, and Zazen Salon Spa.

The finalists for Large Business of the Year sponsored by Alcoa Intalco Works are: Costco, Hardware Sales, Logos Bible Software, Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance and The Woods Coffee.

Nominations for these awards are made throughout the community, and a committee of chamber members makes the decision on the five finalists in each catagory. Committee members then visit each of the finalists, decide on the winner, and the announcement is made at the chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet, scheduled for Dec. 8 at the Lakeway Inn and Conference Center.

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

In addition to the Small and Large Businesses of the Year awards, the chamber will award the Woman and Man of the Year, sponsored by Peoples Bank. The event will also recognize winners of the Green Business of the Year award and the Nonprofit of the Year.

Alcoa Intalco Works was chosen as the Green Business of the Year. The Ferndale aluminum smelter was named this year’s winner for achievements it has made toward reducing its environmental footprint, as well as the programs it has in place to educate and empower employees to contribute to a more sustainable future.

The Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County was named Nonprofit of the Year. The organization was established in Bellingham in 1946 and now serves 11,000 children throughout the county.

“This organization does so much for the youth in our community year after year, but we are especially happy to be honoring them this year when so many are in need, and with the reopening of the Ferndale Club after the devastating fire on New Year’s Day 2007,” Oplinger said.

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