Business Achievement Award Winners Celebrated

For Immediate Release
Nanaimo, BC
March 7, 2016
Business Achievement Award Winners Celebrated
This year’s Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards winners were announced at a gala ceremony in the Port Theatre, Friday, March 4.

According to Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO, “It was a very exciting night with all the glitz and glamour of a celebrity-studded awards show – and all the celebrities were our local awards nominees!”

TV personality Mira Laurence MC’d the event, 10 piece R&B band ‘Decadence’ played the winners onto the stage and a crowd of around 350 applauded them off.

This was the 16th annual event presented by the Chamber. Nominations were open to all businesses in the Greater Nanaimo area, whether they were Chamber members or not.

Winners:

TOURISM
Living Forest Campground

HOSPITALITY (under 20 employees)
Brannen Lake Campgrounds

HOSPITALITY (over 20 employees)
Coast Bastion Hotel

RESTAURANT
The Nest Bistro

DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT
2 Chefs Affair

DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
2 Chefs

RETAIL
NYLA Fresh Thread

RETAIL (25+ employees)
Quality Foods

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Church Pickard

CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING
Island West Coast Development

INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY
Seamor Marine

THE ARTS
Spotlight Academy – Jacqui Kaese

COMMUNITY SERVICE – NOT FOR PROFIT
Haven House

COMMUNITY SERVICE – SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
Code Brew – NRGH Foundation

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Coast Salish Development Corporation

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE – Up to 10 employees
Pye Design

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE – 11 – 49 employees
Nanaimo Precast Ltd.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE – 50+ employees
Paradise Island Foods

EMERGING BUSINESS
Vancouver Island Expeditions

YOUTH INITIATIVES
Dover Bay Eco Club
Evan Armstrong
Daniel Puglas

CEO Update

Year of Festivals Starts Now

Let the fun begin! March is the month that Festivals and special events really get started in Nanaimo. That’s why the month has been branded as “Festival Nanaimo” celebrating all of the activities that kick off a year of festivities for our community.
We notice it especially at the Chamber with three of our major events taking place in and around the month. “Dine About” started in mid-February and runs until March 6. Enjoy fixed price, high quality, great value, 3 course menus at $25, $35 and $45 at 28 different restaurants from Qualicum Beach to Cedar. Nanaimo joins Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna in this popular spring dining promotion. The event ends March 6.

On March 4, excellence in business is rewarded at our annual Business Achievement Awards. This year the Awards presentation takes on an “Oscar-style” format as it moves to the Port Theatre with high-class appies, a jazz band in the lobby, paparazzi at the door, plenty of bubbly available, and a little big band on stage to welcome the winners onto the stage.

Then, on Saturday, April 2, the Chamber presents Nanaimo’s first Food Truck Festival downtown. It complements two other events that day – Pirate Fest and the Vancouver Island Sympony’s Community Day. Join the crowds and get in on some fine ‘street eats’ and enjoy the entertainment. Watch for more news coming soon!
And then the rest of the year’s very special celebrations unfold (and this is just a partial list) – Heritage Days and the Book Festival in May, our Feastival in June along with the Multicultural Festival. Summertime is packed starting with Canada Day, then Dragon Boats, followed by Silly Boat Regatta, the Great Bathtub Race and Marine Festival. Move into August and welcome the Blues Festival and our own incredible agricultural fair – VIEX. That slides us into autumn when the Old City Quarter hosts Harvest Festival heralding in several other food events including the Bite of Nanaimo.

Of course, these are only highlights of Nanaimo’s festivals and celebratory events. The Chamber is excited to be part of these events and proud to take the lead on a few of them. See you at a Festival soon — there’s so many to choose from!