Editorial | Business Excellence Brings Tri-Cities Community Together

Last Saturday evening, the Tri-Cities Chamber held our Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver. What a fantastic evening it was as we recognized the outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals we have in our community.

What stood out the most for me was the exceptional leaders we have in our local businesses and organizations. Throughout the evening, we heard stories about the struggles they had starting and growing their businesses, about the years of sacrifice they have had to put in to get to this point, and about the joys of leading a thriving enterprise.

A reoccurring theme was the message that it is really a team effort to grow and to accomplish the organization’s goals. Without a strong support system from family and co-workers, the journey would not be possible. Business leaders emphasized the importance of engaging and giving back to the community in which they live, work, and play. They shared stories of how they give their time and resources to make the Tri-Cities a better place for everyone.

Some were born and raised in the Tri-Cities, some moved here only a few short years ago. No matter how long they’ve been in the Tri-Cities, they all shared how meaningful our  community is to them. Desiree Dupuis for example, our Chamber Member of the Year moved to the Tri-Cities seven years ago, not knowing anyone. One of the first things she did was join the Tri-Cities Chamber. She talked about how through her membership she made lifelong friendships with so many people. She developed a successful business that has allowed her to shift focus to her passion, Ruben’s Shoes. Now, she focuses all her efforts on making a difference in her community and around the world.

I came away truly inspired and so pleased to know that we have such a generous and caring business community here in the Tri-Cities. There are hard working people at businesses throughout the community who watch the bottom line as carefully but they also realize that they also have a bigger responsibility, to give back, helping make our community stronger. I urge you to visit our website www.tricitieschamber.com and take a look at all of the nominees for our various awards given out Saturday evening. It is such an impressive list of businesses, organizations and individuals, I think you will be as proud as I am that we live in the Tri-Cities.

Michael Hind
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce