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GVC Announces the Finalists for the 2022 Business & Leadership Awards

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The awards ceremony, presented by Port of Vancouver USA, will be live streamed on September 29, 2022. This event will feature the 2022 First Citizen Award, sponsored by Riverview Bank.  

Vancouver, WAThe Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 Business & Leadership Awards, presented by the Port of Vancouver USA. Local businesses and leaders have been selected as nominees for their achievements and efforts in the Southwest Washington community within the year. The awards recipients will be revealed during a livestream event, available on Facebook Live, on Thursday, September 29, at 5:00 p.m. 

The GVC’s Business & Leadership Awards, first introduced in 2012, has the sole motto to celebrate and recognize outstanding companies and leaders in Southwest WA who work hard towards the growth and development of the region. These awards are presented to businesses and individuals across varied categories including Start-Up to Watch, Small Business, Large Business, and Statesperson.   

The finalists for the 2022 Business & Leadership Awards are:  

Start – Up to Watch (in the last 5 years) 

  • Finishing Touch  
  • Evergreen Women’s Health, PC 
  • Pop-Local 

Small Business (up to 25 employees) 

  • Evergreen Women’s Health  
  • Clark County Junk Removal  

Large Business (more than 25 employees)  

  • Vancouver Mall  
  • DosAlas Latin Kitchen + Tequila Bar  


  • Bart Hansen, Councilmember, City of Vancouver  
  • Representative Paul Harris- 17th Legislative District 

“We are excited to celebrate the work of our incredible members within the year. These organizations demonstrate the core values of business innovation, growth, and development, but also what truly means serving the community. This year, we received fantastic, qualified submissions that made it difficult for our Nominating Committee to choose the finalists in each category. Congratulations to all the finalists on achieving this prestigious honor!” said Chamber President & CEO John McDonagh. 

The 2022 Business & Leadership Awards Livestream promises to be an unforgettable event as the Greater Vancouver Chamber will introduce Clark County to this year’s First Citizen Award, sponsored by Riverview Bank. This award honors a local member of the community who has modeled exemplary citizenship, and through their business, volunteering, and philanthropic efforts has improved the lives of those in the community by serving first.  

The live-streamed event will be at no cost, a courtesy made possible by our event sponsors, including: Presenting Sponsor, Port of Vancouver USA; Supporting Sponsors, PeaceHealth, CalPortland and Vancouver Clinic; VIP Reception Sponsor, LS Networks; Media Sponsor, The Columbian; and Award Sponsors, Riverview Bank, NW Natural, HAPO Community Credit Union, PacificSource Health Plans, and Perkins & Co. To save the date and receive updates of when the awards ceremony goes live, follow the Greater Vancouver Chamber on Facebook at  

For more information about the awards and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Chamber at or go to

About the Business & Leadership Awards

Wanting to recognize those businesses who exemplified the motto of the Greater Vancouver Chamber, Moving Business Forward, was the inspiration for the Business & Leadership Awards in 2012. For ten years, the southwest Washington business community has nominated outstanding companies and individuals for recognition.  

About the First Citizen Award

Since 1939, the annual First Citizen Award is presented to a Clark County resident who models the attributes of good citizenship through leadership, action, civic pride, and cultivates inclusive civic engagement practices. These are individuals who, through their business, volunteering, and philanthropic efforts, improve the lives of those in the community by serving first. For more information about the First Citizens through the years, visit:   

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit  

Event Contact: 
Janet Kenefsky, Greater Vancouver Chamber


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