Yelm Chamber Announces Chamber Business Award Winners

In 2018, the Yelm Chamber of Commerce wanted a way to honor and celebrate our Chamber members. From this, our Chamber Business Awards were born. We brought together a committee, created six award categories, and opened nominations. The committee vetted the nominations, and chose the winners. We did the same in 2019, and today, are […]

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In 2018, the Yelm Chamber of Commerce wanted a way to honor and celebrate our Chamber members. From this, our Chamber Business Awards were born. We brought together a committee, created six award categories, and opened nominations. The committee vetted the nominations, and chose the winners. We did the same in 2019, and today, are pleased to present the 2020 Chamber Business Awards.

The Wagon Wheel Commitment to Community Award recognizes a business or organization who goes above and beyond to give back to their community in a noticeable and impactful way through innovation, event creation, and/or community outreach.

The 2020 Wagon Wheel Commitment to Community Award nominees are:

The Cattleman

Grocery Outlet of Yelm

Timberland Bank

Yelm Prairie Christian Center

Yelm Senior Center

The winner of the 2020 Wagon Wheel Commitment to Community Award is:

Yelm Prairie Christian Center

Yelm Prairie Christian Center has shown exemplary participation in 2020 with the help of other volunteers and small groups to help feed the community in large numbers. There has been an incredible outreach to help those in need during the difficulties of 2020.

Yelm Prairie Christian Center joins Olympia Federal Savings Bank and Pizzeria la Gitana of Yelm as recipients of the Wagon Wheel Commitment to Community Award.

The Pride of the Prairie Award recognizes a business or organization who has made major strides towards the beautification and improvement of their storefront.

Nominees are:

Crowe Law Office

Ferguson Insurance Services

Grocery Outlet of Yelm

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South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity

And the 2020 Pride of the Prairie Award winner is:

Crowe Law Office

Yelm’s downtown begins with The Crowe Law Office, a mountain of a building that stands tall and proud thanks to the labor of love and countless hours of work that Dan Crowe and Molly Carmody have spent continually updating and restoring the old Masonic Temple on the corner of Yelm Avenue and 3rd Street. They’ve maintained historical accuracy and beautified the space both inside and out, turning this building into a work of art. Their constant hard work and dedication shows itself off as you buzz past their building to get anywhere in town.

Crowe Law Office joins The Shiplap Shop & Coffee House and Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity as recipients of the Pride of the Prairie Award.

The Nisqually Award recognizes a business or organization who demonstrates a dedication to the environment by implementing practices and policies that are environmentally friendly.

The 2020 nominees are:

Bliss Experience

Bounty for Families

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity

And the 2020 Nisqually Award winner is:

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity

With recycling and upcycling trending in the last few years, South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity has excelled at making these “upcyclable” materials available to the public and out of landfills. They recycle, repurpose, and reduce the need for new products.

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity joins Bounty for Families and South Sound Solar as recipients of the Nisqually Award.

Mount Rainier Award recognizes a new or emerging business or organization who has opened in the last five years and is demonstrating sustainability and success within our community.

The 2020 Mount Rainier Award nominees are:

Bertoglio’s Pizza

Between Sisters Boutique

Red Lantern Asian Fusion Restaurant

Steele Barrel BBQ Company

The 2020 Mount Rainier Award winner is:

Between Sisters Boutique

Opening just days before the 2020 shutdown, Heidi and Nanette fought all year to stay open. They did so gracefully, creating a following that love their excellent customer service, style, and great prices. By partnering with local entrepreneurs, they have created a business model that is sustainable and successful.

Between Sisters joins 507 Taproom & Filling Station and Uptown Lounge as winners of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce Mount Rainier Award.

 

The Legacy Award recognizes a business or organization that has been in existence for longer than 20 years, for its success, vitality, and longevity.

The 2020 Legacy Award nominees are:

H&R Block

Prairie Hotel

Tim’s Pharmacy

Yelm Cinemas

Yelm Dollars for Scholars

The 2020 Legacy Award winner is:

H&R Block

H&R Block has been in the Yelm community for 34 years, and often goes out of their way to serve the members of the community, including numerous school supply drives, food drives, and supporting organizations with donations. H&R Block consistently receives recognition for their tax services and happily contributes to not only Yelm, but the entire Nisqually Valley.

H&R Block joins Mr. Dougs and Stewart’s Meat Market as recipients of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award.

The Fay Fuller Award is an individual award that recognizes an exemplary leader in a business or organization.

Nominees are:

Greg Vinyard, Grocery Outlet

JW Foster, City of Yelm

Line Roy, Yelm Chamber of Commerce

Mike Maloney, Prairie Park

Steele Clayton, Steele Clayton State Farm, Steele Barrel BBQ Co

Tad Stillwell, Farmers Insurance

Wayne McCarten, Uptown Lounge

And the 2020 Fay Fuller Award winner is:

Tad Stillwell, Farmers Insurance

With a military career that spans 15 years, running a successful insurance company for 35 years, and serving on city council for 5 years, Tad Stillwell has lived a life of exemplary leadership and service. His experience, education, passion for community, and ingenuity is an asset to all who work with him.

Tad joins Chrissy Dehan and Tracie Choate as recipient of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce Fay Fuller Award.

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