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Business Excellence Awards 2017 presented Thursday at Tualatin Country Club honors both business leaders and residents

COURTESY TUALATIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Lou Ogden, third from left, and others were honored Thursday at the Celebrate Tualatin Business Excellence Awards 2017Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award during Thursday's Celebrate Tualatin Business Excellence Awards 2017 held at Tualatin Country Club.

The award is given to those who have improved the Tualatin community and inspire others to take action.

"For the last 26 years at least, Lou Ogden has been the epitome of this definition," according to chamber officials. "Starting as a City Councilor and moving on to be the Mayor of Tualatin for 24 years, Lou has tirelessly worked with the community and the Chamber to take Tualatin from a small suburb to a thriving, economically diverse, family-friendly community."

Ogden told those gathered that his involvement as a business owner in the chamber got him involved in local politics. He's currently running to become the next Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner.

"Tualatin has about 27,000 residents but Tualatin businesses employ 34,000 people. We've focused on growing our industrial and health care clusters and worked on creating pathways for students in our K-12 schools to move into skills-based jobs," Ogden said. "It means a lot that people recognize the hard work."

Other award winners in the annual Tualatin Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, and their respective categories, included:

n Michael Carlson: Business Leader of the Year. The award is given to someone within the Tualatin Chamber who has made specific, significant, lasting contributions to the Tualatin community.

n Lalo Contreras: Rookie of the Year. The award is given to an individual who joined the Chamber in 2017, jumped right in, actively participated and supported Chamber functions, programs and fellow members through volunteering.

n Nathan Holden NvHolden Photography: New Business of the Year. The winner of this award is a new Tualatin business that opened their doors in 2017, and became a true member of the community supporting local organizations and the chamber.

n Allen Song: Chamber Volunteer of the Year. The award is given to an individual who has volunteered countless hours of time and talent to the success and growth of the chamber.

n Jeff Welsh: Spirit of Tualatin Award for Outstanding Community Service – Individual Category. The winner is someone who has made contributions to the community in the past year.

Riverview Community Bank: Spirit of Tualatin: Small/Medium Business for Outstanding Community Service. Given to a business whose dedication to the community and civic projects have made Tualatin a better place to live.

n SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin: Spirit of Tualatin: Medium/Large Business for Outstanding Community Service. Again, given to a business whose dedication to the community and civic projects have made Tualatin a better place to live.

n Ben Ashley: Ambassador of the Year.

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