Business Excellence Celebrated in the Tri-Cities

This past weekend, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce held our annual Business Excellence Awards Gala. Over 400 people gathered at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver to recognize the great businesses and individuals that we have here in our community.

2017 was a record-setting year for outstanding business in the Tri-Cities; we saw 83 nominations this past fall for our annual awards. It is thrilling to see so many organizations thriving in our community. I was so
impressed by all the companies, not-for-profits, and individuals nominated in each of the seven categories for going above and beyond.

The stories of each nominee show the hard work, dedication, perseverance, and time that it takes to be successful in business, or any field for that matter. I was also proud to see that all the nominees made it part of their business to give back to the community.

A successful business community is directly intertwined with the overall success and health of the communities in which they are located. As shown on Saturday night by all the award nominees,
we are a truly lucky community in the Tri-Cities as we are surrounded by a bounty of wonderful businesses.

Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you for all you do. See the full list of 2017 Business Excellence Award nominees and winners at


Michael Hind