State Street Insurance and Wilson Motors win top chamber awards

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry chose State Street Insurance and Wilson Motors for their Small and Large Businesses of the Year.

The chamber presented business awards at its 10th annual awards dinner on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Best Western Lakeway Inn.

The Tourism Business of the Year award went to Boundary Bay Brewery. The Green Business of the Year Award went to Western Washington University and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center won the Nonprofit Business of the Year award.

The chamber presented Charles Self with the Man of the Year Award for his involvement in Bellingham. He has served on boards for the Whatcom Museum Society and the Bellingham Festival of Music. Self is a retired Walmart executive.

Carole MacDonald won the Woman of the Year award. MacDonald and her husband owned and operate the Inn at Mount Baker, and she has been involved with the Mt. baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce.

Whatcom Young Professionals voted Travis Rhone of Whatcom Land Title as the Young Professional of the Year award. He has been a member of the Whatcom Young Professionals organization for two years and participates in organizing charity events, volunteering at his church, and he works on a committee for the Whatcom County Association of Realtors.

The chamber’s brand new award, the Millie Deford Chamber Ambassador of the Year award — named for longtime chamber member Millie Deford, who founded the chamber’s monthly networking breakfast — went to Cale Luna of Advance Solutions Technology. Luna has served as the chamber’s lead ambassador for four years and volunteers at many events.

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