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15 Businesses You Adore: 2017 Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Winners

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017

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On February 4, hundreds of business owners and employees packed the lovely Dwight Hall to find out who won the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

This year, Powell River Living was a sponsor of the event, and presented two awards. As publisher of Home Grown, we were pleased to announce the Agricultural Award. And as publisher of Ferns & Fallers, we were also honoured to both introduce and award the first-ever forestry award.

Like a preview of the Academy Awards (coming up February 26), it was a night of suspense and celebration. But unlike the Oscars, you’ve definitely seen all of these contenders.

Without further ado, the envelope please:

Not For Profit

Winner: Powell River Brain Injury Society
Runner up: Powell River Loggers Sports Association

Large Business

Winner: City Transfer
Runner up: Pacific Coastal Airlines

QF’s Guy Sigouin presented the award for Customer Service – Hospitality – to Little Hut Curry’s Molinder Singh and Janmeet Kaur… who were very, very happy.

Customer Service – Hospitality

Winner: Little Hut Curry
Runner up: The Old Courthouse Inn
Second Runner up: Coastal Cookery

Mother Nature took top honours in the Customer Service – Retail category.

Customer Service – Retail

Winner: Mother Nature
Runner up: Big O Tires
Second Runner up: Pagani & Son’s, Shoes & Repairs

Professional Services

Winner: Dr Ashok Varma

Janet Lyon won runner-up in Home Based Business for Cottage Creek Bake Shop, which sells at Farmers Markets and out of her home Friday nights for ‘za.

Home Based Business

Winner: Banking on it Bookkeeping
Runner up: Cottage Creek Bake Shop
Second Runner up: Alice’s Fresh Pasta

Small Business

Winner: Canadian Marshall Arts Academy
Runner Up: Mother Nature
Second Runner up: Tla’amin Convenience Store

Agricultural Business

Winner: Myrtle Point Heritage Farm
Runner up: Funky Beets Farm

Tourism Business

Winner: Townsite Brewing Inc
Runner up: Beyond the Road Adventures


Winner: Jason Schreurs – Powell River Peak
Runner up: Melanie Alsagar – Sunshine Coast Health Centre
Second Runner up: Rob Villani – Villani & Company

Winning Business of the Year is a big deal, and the guys and from Tempco Heating and Cooling Specialists celebrated with an on-stage selfie.

Business of the Year

Winner: Tempco Heating & Cooling Specialists

Powell River Community Forest board members Bill Bird, Janet May, Rod Tysdal and Results-Based Forest Management’s Chris Liang accept the Forestry Award for excellence in sustainability and innovation.

Thichum Forest Products won runner-up for the new Forestry Award.

Forestry Sector

Winner: Powell River Community Forest
Runner up: Thichum Forest Products

Two Wheel Tech’s Derek Jantz takes the Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner: Derek Jantz – Two Wheel Tech
Runner up:  Darren Edwards – Henderson Edwards Developments Ltd.

New Business of the Year

Winner: Pacific Point Market/Serious Coffee

Aboriginal Business

Winner: Tla’amin Convenience Store

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