It is with great pleasure that the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announces the finalists for the 2012 Awards of Excellence. The program recognizes business and community achievements.
The finalists for the following categories are:
Business of the Year – Tier I (1 – 15 employees)
Doggyland Daycare, Boarding & Grooming
Independent Wealth Connections
Planet Beach Contempo Spa
Business of the Year – Tier II (16+ employees)
Air Control Heating and Electric
Entrepreneur of the Year
Forza Coffee – Sarah Hooker and Paul Rodriguez
Froyo Earth - Stephen Kraft
The Grounds Guys – Kenny Smith
Human Services Award
HUB Sports Center
Inland NW Baby
Spokane Valley Heritage Museum
Community Caring Award
KREM “Tom’s Turkey Drive”
Cancer Care Northwest
Chamber Member Volunteer of the Year
Two additional categories to be announced are Educator of the Year from the school districts served by the Chamber and the Chamber Ambassador of the Year.
All award winners will be announced and awards given at the Annual Gem of the Valley Awards Gala on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley. The Gala, hosted by Skip Bonuccelli, will feature entertainment, a gourmet dinner and silent auction as well as a video presentation of award candidates.
During the evening’s program, a special lifetime achievement award will be given to the family of Dick Behm, recognizing his service to the community. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2012 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award to Bill Gothmann, community leader and former city councilman for the city of Spokane Valley.
For more information and ticket reservations call the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce at 924-4994 or go to www.spokanevalleychamber.org.