NANAIMO – MAY 5, 2017


Nineteen excited businesses and non-profit organizations received top honours at Nanaimo’s 17th Annual Business & Achievement Awards in the Port Theatre Thursday night.

“Out of over 125 nominations, 57 finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel and the winners were the top-ranked among those finalists. Businesses did not have to be Chamber members to qualify. This was the largest group of nominees we’ve ever seen and the best-attended awards event we’ve held,” according to Kim Smythe, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for making this ‘Oscar-style event’ a night to remember for so many Nanaimo organizations.”

Best-of-the-best included:

Micro Business of the Year

NYLA Fresh Thread


Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year

Foley Dog Treat Company Inc.


Major Employer of the Year



Restaurant of the Year

Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant


Arts & Culture Business of the Year

Nanaimo Art Gallery


Professional Services Business of the Year

Primal Communications


Planning / Design Firm of the Year

Datum Point Studios


Developer / Builder of the Year

Alair Homes


Technology-Based Business of the Year

Resonance Software


Sustainability Excellence of the Year

Chatwin Engineering – Cowichan Tribes Partnership


Healthcare / Medical Service Business of the Year



Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility

Nanaimo Precast Ltd.


Social Enterprise of the Year

Coco Café


Not For Profit Organization of the Year

Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society


Inclusive Employer of the Year

London Drugs


Automotive Business of the Year

Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales


Building Trades Business of the Year

Mazzei Electric


Retailer of the Year

McLean’s Specialty Foods


Young Entrepreneur

Catrina Elliot – Elite Image


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