For Immediate Release

Nanaimo, BC

April 18, 2017


Order by phone: 250.754.8550

2. In person: The Port Theatre at 125 Front Street

3. Online: available 24/7  Business Achievement Award Finalists Announced WWW.PORTTHEATRE.COM

This year’s Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards finalists have been announced with the number of contenders greatly exceeding any past year’s count.

According to Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO, “I think the increase in nominations partly reflects the positive performance of much of the business community in the past year. Many businesses are proud of their successes and happy to join in celebrating this and their colleagues accomplishments in 2016.”

The Business Achievement Awards will be presented in an ‘Oscar-style’ red carpet event at the Port Theatre on Thursday, May 4th. Reserved seats are available at the Port Theatre Box Office.

“Paparazzi, upscale appies, plenty of bubbly available, the Wellington Jazz Combo in the lobby, 10 piece big band ‘Decadence’ on stage to help welcome winners to the podium, and an After Party in the lobby will add to the festive atmosphere” according to the Chamber CEO.

This is the 17th annual event presented by the Chamber. Nominations were open to all businesses in the Greater Nanaimo area, whether they are Chamber members or not. Finalists were determined by a points system which identified top point earners only. If the spread was too great from first place to second, only the first place is recognized.


Micro Business of the Year

NYLA Fresh Thread

VI Granite & Quartz Countertops

Proline Management Ltd.

Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year

G.T. Hiring

Church Pickard Chartered Professional Accountants

Foley Dog Treat Company Inc.

Major Employer of the Year

Quality Foods


Young Entrepreneur

VI Granite & Quartz Countertops Ltd

Elite Image

Oceanvale Mortgage & Finance

Restaurant of the Year

Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant

Power House Living Foods Co.

Milton Street Public House

Arts & Culture Business of the Year

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Vancouver Island Symphony

Dale Schulz – Artist

Professional Services Business of the Year

Primal Communications

Eric Kuehnel – Raymond James

Church Pickard Chartered Professional Accountants

Planning / Design Firm of the Year

Datum Point Studios

The Vancouver Island Chapter: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Downtown

Nanaimo Business Improvement Association!

Developer / Builder of the Year

Alair Homes

B.Gallant Homes

Windley Contracting Ltd.

Technology-Based Business of the Year

Seamor Marine

Resonance Software

Pixelstream Communications

Sustainability Excellence of the Year

Nanaimo North Town Centre

Chatwin Engineering

Healthcare / Medical Service Business of the Year

Nanaimo Child Development Centre


Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility

Coastal Community Credit Union

Coast Hotel

Nanaimo Clippers

Nanaimo Precast Ltd.

Social Enterprise of the Year

Coco Café

Charlie’s Closet

Not For Profit Organization of the Year

Vancouver Island Crisis Society

BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Branch

Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society

Inclusive Employer of the Year

Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales

MBA Games

London Drugs

Automotive Business of the Year

Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales

Trojan Collision

Building Trades Business of the Year

Mazzei Electric

Retailer of the Year

McLean’s Specialty Foods




For more information contact:

Kim Smythe, CEO

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce


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