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Group to bestow awards on Sept. 15, lauding the accomplishments of business leadership and community involvement.

      -        The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate nine award recipients when the organization gathers in person for its annual Business Excellence Awards, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 N.E. Cleveland Ave.

The largest business recognition ceremony in the Gresham area honors businesses for their success inside and outside their corporate structure, said Chamber CEO Lynn Snodgrass.

This year the winners have totaled thousands of dollars, hundreds of volunteer hours, physical community improvements as well as maintaining and growing their businesses to provide a healthy economic environment in the area.

"The Business Excellence winners this year are examples of perseverance through the tough pandemic times we have been experiencing," Snodgrass said.

Snodgrass added that "every" health-safety precaution is being taken in order to allow for "filling the room with the applause the winners deserve."

Two of the awards — Exceptional Mission and Honoree of the Year — are kept secret until the event.

The remaining awards will be presented to:

• Small Business: Healing Treasures Massage

• Medium Business: All About Automotive

• Large Business: Tokola Properties

• Family Business: U.S. World Class Taekwondo

• Nonprofit: Tsuru Island – Gresham Japanese Garden

• Rising Star: Rudy Loeza – (Tany's Bakery & Tany's Coffee Shop)

• Volunteer: Brad Roe

Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall will welcome attendees and join in the celebration. Gresham Ford owner Bess Wills will be on hand for an additional award presentation of Try Local.

Presenters of the awards are past chamber presidents: Doug Walker (1979), Drake Snodgrass (1983), Sue O'Halloran (1993), Travis Stovall (2000), Sue Piazza (2010) and current President Michael James (2021).

The public is welcome. Reservations and $40 lunch tickets can be purchased by calling the chamber at 503-665-1131 or visiting

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