Nominations set for BI business awards

In February, more than 200 nominations were received from Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce members for their 2023 Business Awards.

The nominees are based on business impact, success, reputation and contribution to the community. From those suggestions, the chamber selected five nominees in each category. Members have until March 31 to vote for their favorites.

Small Business of the Year (1-10 full-time employees): Coquette Bake Shop, Eleven Winery, Island Life Artisan Gifts, The Lamb & Kid and State Farm agent Paula Weissinger.

Medium Business of the Year (11-50 full-time employees): Ace Hardware, Bay Hay & Feed, Eagle Harbour Book Co., Pegasus Coffee and Via Rosa 11

Large Business of the Year (51+ full-time employees): Bainbridge Senior Living, Far Bank Enterprises/Sage/Remington, Kitsap Bank, Pleasant Beach Village and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.

Nonprofit of the Year: BI Museum of Art, Bainbridge Schools Foundation, Housing Resources Bainbridge, Rotary Club of BI and The BI Senior Community Center.

New Business of the Year: Aden Chiropractic, Bainbridge Event Rentals, Cogwheel Construction, Little Harbor Co. and Sisters’ Cider House.

Business Leader of the Year: BI city manager Blair King, Christine Mueller of Visit BI, Erika Thayer of The Ravine/Bainbridge Apothecary & Tea Shop/Taco Barn, Steve Mikami of Ace Hardware and Greg Dronkert of PacWesty/EV Works/Pacific Mobility.

Community-spirited Business/Citizen of the Year (and GO4 Hometown Parade Grand Marshal): Dominque Cantwell/Bainbridge Performing Arts; Inez Maubane Jones/Arts Humanities Bainbridge/Bainbridge Creative District; Steve Snyder/Town & County Markets; Chasity Malatesta/Multinarratives Inc/BISD Multicultural Council; and Micah & Aaron Strom/Modern Collision Rebuild & Service/Classic Car Drive-In.

Legacy Business of the Year (Lifetime Achievement Award): To be announced by the chamber at its awards banquet April 29 from 5-9 p.m. at The Manor House. All-inclusive tickets are $70.