Nanaimo Business Awards finalists announced

Business and community leaders and achievers to be honoured April 26 at gala at Port Theatre

Judging is underway to determine the winners of the 2018 Nanaimo Business Awards.

This year’s People’s Choice online poll drew more than 4,000 submissions for the finalists in 22 categories.

The winners will be honoured at the Nanaimo Business Awards gala on Thursday, April 26, at the Port Theatre.

The 2018 awards emphasize community with a brand partnership between the chamber and United Way of Central and Northern Vancouver Island, supported by lead sponsor BMO.

This year’s gala features a pre-event red-carpet reception with appetizers, networking, cash bar and a live jazz combo in the theatre lobby.

Ten-piece big band Decadence will play award winners onto the stage to accept their honours in the awards ceremony, followed by post-event reception with desserts from Coco Café.

The chamber and sponsors will also recognize two high schools in the youth spirit category to celebrate the future business and community leaders of Nanaimo.

The list of finalists is posted on the chamber website at

Gala tickets are $20 and available at

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