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Chamber announces non-profit, green business awards

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry recently announced two winners for its upcoming annual awards dinner, which will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Best Western Lakeway Inn. Below are the details from a news release:

This year’s non-profit winner is Interfaith Community Health Center and Green Business of the Year goes to Barron Heating and Air Conditioning.  Other winners will be announced at the dinner.

With 139 employees, Interfaith Community Health Center provides medical, dental and behavioral health care, as well as pharmaceutical services, to 14,000 patients throughout Whatcom County. Since its founding in 1982, the health center’s mission has been to provide health care to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. A recent remodel and renovation to its Bellingham offices will enable the health center to provide care to another 3,500 patients in the next few years. 

Since 1971, family owned Barron Heating and Air Conditioning has served five counties with the latest in energy efficient technology for home and business. This truly “green” company sports a team of nationally certified heating and home performance specialists, a support network of 80 employees and owners who lead with their values.  

Other awards to be presented at the banquet include Large and Small Business of the Year, Tourism Partner of the Year, Young Professional, Man and Woman of the Year.  The finalists for Small Business of the Year are: LaserPoint Awards & Graphics, V’s Barbershop, Chazzam Signs & Graphics, Bellingham Wedding and Event Rentals, and Signs Plus.   The finalists for Large Business of the Year include: Windermere Real Estate, Haggen, Inc., Whidbey Island Bank, BP Cherry Point Refinery, and Rocket Foods.

The “Black and White Affair” Awards Dinner celebrates the Whatcom County business community with a live raffle as well as a silent auction.  Raffle Packages include vacation getaways, vehicle maintenance packages, date nights, and more.

The menu will be created by Lummi Native, Chef Derek Som, who has planned a menu of locally sourced foods in a fusion of flavors.  

Space is still available for a full table or single seats at the dinner on the Chamber website,