ABERDEEN, Wash. - The members and guests of Greater Grays Harbor celebrated with the Winners and Finalists of the annual Business Recognition Awards at the Leaders Banquet. The banquet was held at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino this past Friday evening. There are four categories with a finalist and winner in each category.
The winner in Non-Profit is Grays Harbor College, and the finalist is Coastal Harvest. For the New Business category the winner is Wishkah River Distillery, and the finalist is Flowers by Pollen. We celebrated the Small Business winner – Dunsire Printers, while the finalist for that category is Techline. The last category is Large Business with the winner being Five Star Dealerships and the finalist is Levee Lumber. Congratulations again to all these fine businesses!
If you missed the banquet, here’s a short review of those recognized. Here’s a link to a YouTube video of the winners with an explanation in their own words of who and what their business is and why they are a part of the Grays Harbor County business community: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHXWmlDPwS8 “GGHI Business Recognition Award and Leaders Banquet 2013.”
Included in the celebration activities was a newly established award honoring a long time supporter of Grays Harbor’s employment and businesses. The “John Loyle Award Spirit of the Community” award was presented to Linda Loyle and family in honor of John’s selfless dedication to the Grays Harbor community. Another award that was given for the first time was the “Ambassador of the Year Award”. Angie West of Express Employment Professionals to recognize her outstanding contributions to our county and the businesses that call Grays Harbor home.
The banquet was attended by over 200 members of the business community of Grays Harbor. Along with the celebration of the Business Recognition Awards, the attendees had the opportunity to raise funds for the GGHI (Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.) Education Fund that supports career, technical education and entrepreneurial activities and allows local schools to compete in the application process for the award of the $6,340 raised at the banquet through the raffle and auction. This was the biggest amount ever raised for the Education Fund.
Synopsis of Winners and Finalists:
Category Winner Finalist
Non-profit Grays Harbor Community College Coast Harvest
New Business Wishkah River Distillery Flowers by Pollen
Small Business Dunsire Printers Techline
Large Business Five Star Dealerships Levee Lumber