Bainbridge Business Awards

2023 Bainbridge Business Awards Show Tickets are Now Available


UPDATE 05/01/23: To see all the fun, and all the award winners at the 2023 Bainbridge Business Awards – please head on over to the event recap page and photo gallery

The 2023 Awards Show and After Party is set for Saturday April 29 at Pleasant Beach Village

This casual, fun event night out roaming around The Manor House is an upbeat celebration of the island’s dynamic and diverse business community:

  • 5pm – Reception Hour/Apps/Drinks
  • 6pm – Award Show/Heavy hors d’oeuvres/Drinks
  • 7pm – After Party/Dancing/Drinks

Tickets are available to all Chamber members and include event entry, awards shows, variety of food choices, beer/wine open bar, fun, and more…

Purchase Your Business Award Ticket(s)

Interested in being a sponsor of the 2023 Awards Show? Contact the Chamber today!


Voting For The 2023 Bainbridge Business Awards Is Underway

During the month of February, more than 200 nominations were received from Chamber members based on business impact, success, reputation, and contribution to our community.

From those suggestions, the Bainbridge Chamber is delighted to present the 5 nominees in each of 2023’s main award categories. Members – check your email inbox for your official ballot to vote for a winner in each of the seven categories between now and March 31…

The 2023 Bainbridge Business Awards Nominees are:

Small Business of the Year (1-10 full-time employees)

  • Coquette Bake Shop
  • Eleven Winery
  • Island Life Artisan Gifts
  • The Lamb & Kid
  • Paula Weissinger – State Farm Agent

Medium Business of the Year (11-50 full-time employees)

  • Ace Hardware
  • Bay Hay & Feed
  • Eagle Harbour Book Co.
  • Pegasus Coffee
  • 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
  • Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Nonprofit Business of the Year (must be 501c3 or 501c6)

  • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
  • Bainbridge Schools Foundation
  • Housing Resources Bainbridge
  • Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island
  • The Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center

New Business of the Year (any size, can be new owner of existing business)

  • Aden Chiropractic
  • Bainbridge Event Rentals
  • Cogwheel Construction
  • Little Harbor Company
  • Sisters’ Cider House

Business Leader of the Year (an individual)

  • Blair King (City of Bainbridge Island)
  • Christine Mueller (Visit Bainbridge Island)
  • Erika Thayer (The Ravine/Bainbridge Apothecary & Tea Shop/Taco Barn)
  • Steve Mikami (Ace Hardware)
  • Greg Dronkert (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
  • 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 on April 29th


Award & Voting Rules:

  • Nominees and winners are selected by their peers via anonymous MVP/Oscars-style online voting amongst Chamber Members – there is no public vote for these awards
  • There will be two rounds of member ballots: 1st round to suggest nominees, then a 2nd round voting for the overall winners from the top 5 nominated eligible businesses
  • Only 1 ballot per round will count for each active Chamber member organization
  • If no nominee or overall winner has a clear cut victory in the member vote, the Chamber will act as a tiebreaker
  • There is no voting for the Lifetime Legacy Award – the winner will be chosen by the Chamber
  • Award-winning businesses or organizations must be members in good standing with the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce.
  • Citizen of the Year must live on Bainbridge Island, but need not be a Chamber member.
  • No business or organization can win the same award two years in a row.
  • Nominees will be honored and winners announced at the Bainbridge Business Awards Show/Party on Saturday April 29th, 2023


Party Photo Credit: cottonbro studio

Recap: 2019’s Pre-Pandemic Winners Circle


Reed Price - Bainbridge Chamber Citizen of the Year 2019

Citizen of the Year: Reed Price

If you are, or just know, a member of the Bainbridge Island Senior Center you will know Reed Price as the man who has expertly helped guide the center as it embarks on an independent journey for the first time in 30 years. With a dedicated crew behind him, he has captained the nonprofit into a new era of resources, activities, and support for the island’s senior community.



Small Business of the Year: Jake’s Pickup

Jake’s Pick-Up (located inside the Hungry Bear Market at the Chevron Station on High School Road ) is innovation personified – this new iconic business has created a new, different kind of place to get great food to eat in or take out on the road. In additionl to innovation Jake is also a great supporter of local nonprofit groups and a writer of children’s books.



Medium Business of the Year: First Federal

First Federal is a long-standing community bank, headquartered in Port Angeles and in business locally since 1923. Led by Branch Manager Kimbril Moore, First Fed is a great supporter of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, KiDiMu, and BIMA, to name just a few.



Large Business of the Year: Fairbank Construction Company

An island business for 40 years, the work of Fairbank Construction can been all across Bainbridge, and the company regularly supports Housing Resources Bainbridge, offers internships to Bainbridge High School students, and sponsors the BHS Spartronics team.



Sustainable Business of the Year: Grounds for Change

A fair trade and certified coffee supplier, a member of 1% For the Planet, and a supporter of many environmental organizations, Grounds for Change is a true Sustainable Business in every sense of the word.



Nonprofit Business of the Year: Bainbridge Island Historical Museum

For more than 80 years, the Historical Museum has been helping more than 13,000 island residents, students and visitors from everywhere see and learn about the history of our beautiful island.