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Greater Vancouver Chamber Announces the Finalists for the 2023 Business & Leadership Awards

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Live Streamed Awards Ceremony, presented by Riverview Bank, to take place on October 5th, 2023. 

Vancouver, WA- The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2023 Business & Leadership Awards, proudly presented by Riverview Bank. The spotlight will shine on exceptional local businesses and visionary leaders who have made remarkable contributions to the vibrant southwest Washington community over the past year. The awards recipients will be revealed during a live-streamed event, available on Facebook Live, on Thursday, October 5th, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. 

Since its inception in 2012, the GVC’s Business & Leadership Awards has been a beacon of recognition, celebrating outstanding companies and individuals who have demonstrated dedication to the growth and advancement of the southwest Washington region. These distinguished awards are presented to businesses and leaders across various categories including Start-Up to Watch, Small Business, Large Business, and Statesperson. 

The finalists for the 2023 Business & Leadership Awards are:   

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

  • Skin by Lovely 
  • Square Care Medical & Pharmacy  
  • OMW Uptown Market  

Small Business (up to 25 employees)  

  • Bounce-n-Battle  
  • When the Shoe Fits  
  • ANC Movers  

Large Business (more than 25 employees)   

  • Red Dog Fabrication, LLC
  • MacKay Sposito
  • Orchards Grocery Outlet


  • Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, Washington 3rd District   
  • Mayor Philip Johnson, City of Battle Ground    

"Once again, the incredible pool of accomplished submissions put our Award Selection Committee to the test as they curated the exceptional finalists for each category. With great anticipation, we now move to the moment of celebration, honoring this year's finalists and honorees! We extend an invitation to the entire community to join us in this momentous celebration of businesses in our region," expressed GVC President & CEO John McDonagh 

The 2023 Business & Leadership Awards Livestream promises to be an even more unforgettable event as the Greater Vancouver Chamber introduces Clark County to this year’s First Citizen Award recipient, sponsored by PeaceHealth. 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.   

Adding an in person option to the occasion, community members can participate in the celebration firsthand this year. An exclusive VIP Social event at the Battle Ground Community Center from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on October 5th promises an emotional experience of jubilation, as we gather to watch the awards unfold and raise a collective toast to the achievements of these business finalists. Those wishing to be part of this extraordinary celebration can secure tickets through  

The GVC’s Business & Leadership Awards are made possible through the generous support of event sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor, Riverview Bank; Media Sponsor, The Columbian; and Award Sponsors, PeaceHealthPacificSource Health PlansHAPO Community Credit UnionPerkins & Co, and NW Natural. To save the date and receive updates of when the awards ceremony goes live, visit: 

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 11 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 has been 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: 
Hadley Phillips, Greater Vancouver Chamber

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