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Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards

We love this event because it is a celebration of wonderful and generous things being done by our members. The winners are role models to fellow businesses, employees, and customers and they have a tremendous impact on our community.

Local businesses are essential for the growth and development of any city. They provide much-needed jobs and services to the local community, support local charities and organizations, and help stimulate the local economy by generating taxes and other revenue streams. In addition, they also provide a platform for entrepreneurs to start their own businesses, which can later become major employers in their community. Local businesses create an atmosphere of trust and familiarity within their neighborhoods, allowing people to develop closer relationships with their neighbors and creating a sense of pride in the city they live in. Finally, when combined with larger national chains, local businesses play a vital role in shaping the city’s cultural identity through unique products, services, and events.

The Gresham area has reaped the rewards of having outstanding support from local businesses being actively involved as well as sponsoring many much needed programs.

In the bustling city of Gresham, a community that thrives on innovation, entrepreneurship, and business excellence, the Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of local businesses. This prestigious event celebrates the dedication, innovation, and impact of businesses within the region. In this article, we will explore the significance of the Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards and delve into the vibrant business landscape that makes Gresham such a remarkable place to live and work.

2024 BEA Sponsors

Business Excellence Awards in Gresham 2023
Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards 2022 10
Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards 2022 21
Business Excellence Winners
Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Luncheon
Rob Hendrickson State Farm, Presenter at the 2019 Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards
2021 Gresham Area Business Excellence Award Winner
Travis Stovall at the 2021 BGresham Area Business Excellence Award Winner
2021 Gresham Area Business Awards Excellence Winner
Sue Ohalloran, 2021 Business Excellence Award Winner
Business Excellence Luncheon
2020 Gresham Area Business Excellence Award Winner
Group Photo of 2019 Gresham Area Business Excellence Award Winners

Celebrating Success and Innovation

The Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards play a crucial role in recognizing and celebrating the success of local businesses. By acknowledging exceptional achievements, these awards inspire other entrepreneurs and business owners to strive for excellence. Recognizing and showcasing innovative ideas and business practices not only encourages growth within the local business community but also contributes to the overall economic development of the region.

Building a Stronger Business Community

The awards ceremony brings together business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals from various industries, fostering collaboration and networking opportunities. This gathering of like-minded individuals promotes knowledge sharing, idea exchange, and the formation of valuable partnerships. By strengthening the connections within the business community, the Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards contribute to the growth and prosperity of the region as a whole.

Nominations and Selection

To ensure fairness and impartiality, the Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards employ a rigorous nomination and selection process. Businesses can be nominated by their peers, customers, or a dedicated committee responsible for identifying outstanding performers in various categories. The nominations are carefully reviewed, and the finalists are selected based on their demonstrated excellence, innovation, and positive impact on the local community.

2023 Business Excellence Award Sponsors

2023 Nominees


Alejandro's Mariscos & Bar

Alta Ulrich, LMT

Armadas Exterior LLC

Center for the Arts Foundation

Club Paesano

East County Historical Organization (ECHO)

Gresham-Barlow Youth Baseball/Softball

Gresham Ford

Historic Downtown Gresham Association

Kenway Benefits Group

Metro East Web Academy

Mt. Hood Hospice

Nanna's Place


Pink Sistas


RP Computing

Snap Fitness

SnowCap Community Charities

State Farm - Rob Hendrickson Agency

The SDF Collective

Wells Fargo Bank - East Gresham

Previous Award Recipients:

2022 Winners
Large Business:  Cascade Athletic Club

Medium Business:  Moen Machinery
Small Business: The SDF Collective
Family-Owned Business:  Sugar Cubed
Honoree: Bess Wills
Volunteer of the Year:  Lori Stahlman
Nonprofit:  100+ Women Who Care East County
Rising Star:  Brian York

2021 Winners
Large Business: Tokola Properties
Medium Business:  All About Automotive
Small Business:  Healing Treasures Massage, LLC
Family-Owned Business:  U.S. World Class Taekwondo
Honoree:  Shane Bemis
Volunteer of the Year:  Brad Roe
Non-Profit:  Tsuru Island  - Gresham Japanese Garden
Try Local:  Kayla Brown, Sugar Cubed
Rising Star:  Rudy Loeza
Exceptional Mission: The City of Gresham

2020 Winners
Large Business: The Boeing Company
Medium Business:  Gresham Ford
Small Business:  Whites Country Meats
Family-Owned Business:  Leathers Fuels
Honoree:  Shane Bemis
Volunteer of the Year:  Sue Piazza
Non-Profit:  The Rotary Club of Gresham
Try Local:  Shannon Chisom
Rising Star:  Colin Rath (Migration Brewing)
Exceptional Mission: The Gresham Reads Program, Alix Bemis

2019 Winners
Large Business: FedEx Ground
Medium Business: Clackamas County Bank - Gresham
Small Business: State Farm - Rob Hendrickson Agency
Family-Owned Business: SERVPRO of Gresham
Honoree: Greg Matthews
Volunteer of the Year: Bruce Montgomery
Non-Profit: Gresham Elks Lodge #1805
Try Local: Judy Wylie
Rising Star: David Ligatich

Rotary Ethics: Gresham Women's Shelter

2018 Winners
Large Business: Gresham Fire Department
Medium Business: Gresham Animal Hospital
Small Business: Stamp Connection
Family-Owned Business: Burns Feed Store
Honoree: Jan Weston
Volunteer of the Year: Joan Albertson
Non-Profit: MetroEast Community Media
Try Local: Gresham-Barlow School District
Rising Star: Michelle Kosta

2017 Winners
Large Business: On Semiconductor
Medium Business: Riverview Community Bank
Small Business: Focus Branding
Family-Owned Business: Powell Valley Assisted Living and Memory Care
Honoree: Warner Allen
Volunteer of the Year: Judy Han
Non-Profit: Greater Gresham
Try Local: Gresham Grocery Outlet
Rising Star: Kayla Viramontes

2015 Winners
Large Business: Microchip Technology Inc.
Medium Business: Skyland Pub
Small Business: Chase Me Again
Family-Owned Business: Weston Buick GMC Kia
Honoree: Christy Kinsey
Volunteer of the Year: Patrick Krautscheid
Non-Profit: My Father's House
Try Local: My Father's House
Rising Star: Adam Reid

2014 Winners
Large Business: Mt. Hood Hospital
Small Business: Origins Coffee
Honoree: Karen Johnston
Volunteer of the Year: Connie Fort
Non-Profit: Birch Community Services
Try Local: Gresham-Barlow School District

2013 Winners
Large Business: Microchip Technology Inc.
Small Business: U.S. World Class Taekwondo
Honoree: Carol Cate
Volunteer of the Year: Holiday Community Outreach
Non-Profit: Human Solutions
Try Local: Apollo Drain & Rooter Service Inc.

2012 Winners
Large Business: Adventist Health
Small Business: Riverview Community Bank
Honoree: Sue Piazza
Volunteer of the Year: Ed Hoover
Non-Profit: SnowCap Community Charities

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Networking and Collaboration

The Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards are a testament to the thriving business community in Gresham and the remarkable achievements of its entrepreneurs and business owners. By recognizing and celebrating business excellence, these awards contribute to the overall growth, prosperity, and collaborative spirit within the region. As the Gresham business landscape continues to evolve and flourish, the Gresham Area Business Excellence Awards will remain an essential platform for acknowledging and inspiring exceptional achievements.