Richmond's business stars honoured at Business Excellence Awards

Business and community leaders filled River Rock Show Theatre Wednesday night to honour the best in local business.

Hosted by media personality Fred Lee, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce's 35th annual Business Excellence Awards recognized the difference-makers of Richmond's business community.

"(The) awards showcased the quality and diversity of the business community in Richmond," said Barry Grabowski, chair of the chamber. "The chamber is proud to not only honour top businesses, but also recognize companies which are leaders in the community, giving back and making a difference in the life of Richmond residents."

In all, 36 finalists were judged in 10 categories, along with Steveston Barbers, which was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Fresh Start Foods accepted the first award of the evening, for Outstanding Workplace. In the category of Young Entrepreneur, Drive Basketball co-owners Pasha Bains and Chad Clifford were recognized for their first-class business, based at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Seafair Gourmet Meats won the Outstanding Customer Service Award, while Association of the Year went to Richmond Centre for Disability.

Four nominees battled for New Business of the Year, with Mitchell Island's 6Pack Beach taking home top honours. In Business Leadership, Libra National, "The Rice People," won, while waterpark designer WhiteWater West Industries captured the Innovation of the Year Award.

Other awards: Diplomat Bakery for Business 1-25 Employees; Ace Architectural Millwork for Business 26-75 Employees; and Organika Health Products for Business 76+ Employees.

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