Big turnout for annual Eureka Chamber of Commerce Dinner

EUREKA (KIEM)- It was a packed house for the 128th annual Eureka Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Membership Meeting. The event was held at the Sequoia Conference Center in Eureka.

Before the night got started, there was a moment of silence for former chamber executive director J Warren Hockaday, who died on Sunday.

The Customer Service Award was presented to the business that best exemplifies a demonstrated commitment to making its customers feel welcome. The 2018 award was presented to Lima’s Professional Pharmacy. This business was characterized by the members as one that is known for its service, care and compassion.

The Eureka Small Business Award goes to a for-profit business with nine or fewer employees. This year we had a tie vote for this honor, as both Mantova’s Two Street Music and Brick & Fire were selected by the membership. Mantova’s Two Street Music was chosen for their helpful, courteous and knowledgeable staff, and their support for the Old Town community. Brick & Fire Bistro was honored for their quality food, dining experience and community support.

The Eureka Large Business of the Year Award was awarded to Redwood Capital Bank for its contributions to the community, top notch customer service, positive work environment, investment in the local economy, and commitment to giving back to the community in many ways.

John Dalby, President and CEO of Redwood Capital Bank was also personally presented with the 2018 Leadership Impact Award. Dalby was honored for being a leader in the business community who inspires and encourages others, and who has earned a high level of trust and credibility. Throughout his career, Dalby has been active in the community serving on numerous board and committees. The Extraordinary Business of the Year for 2018 was awarded to Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate.

The Extraordinary Business of the Year is selected for its leadership, growth, profitability, innovation, marketing and excellent customer service. Dick Taylor was selected for the quality in all aspects of what they do as world class chocolatiers.

Pacific Outfitters was selected for the 2018 Positive Community Impact Award for improving our community in a variety of ways. Pacific Outfitters PacOut Green Team makes a difference in our community through its concentrated cleanup efforts, and by publicizing the issue of environmental cleanup.

The Community Impact Award for Non-Profit and Government was given to Redwood Teen Challenge. Redwood Teen Challenge is actively involved and engaged with the community and the Chamber, and makes a demonstrable positive impact on our community.

Carole Crossley of Celebration Boulevard was named the 2018 Ambassador of the Year. Chamber Ambassadors are business members who support Chamber programs in a variety of ways, leading, connecting, and supporting our business community.