Big night for Rocklin Chamber at 2008 Business Excellence Awards

By: Robin Trimble, Chamber of Commerce CEO
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The city of Rock-lin was recently listed as one of the top 10 towns by Family Circle magazine, due in part to the quality of the area’s businesses. As a tribute to this great effort, the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce will honor nine of these fine businesses at a gala event on Tuesday, Dec. 2. One of the most anticipated local awards showcases of the year, the Rocklin Chamber’s Business Excel-lence Awards, takes place at Whitney Oaks Golf Club, where chamber and community members will gather to recognize the nominees as well as network and enjoy a glamorous evening. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and feature appetizers, wine, treats from Icing on the Cupcake and en-tertainment provided by the Whitney High School jazz band. Beginning in September, community and chamber members were asked to nominate exceptional businesses. To be eligible, companies had to be chamber members in good standing and had to excel in their category. A record number of nominations were received this year. A volunteer committee of chamber members reviewed the nominees and the top three winners were chosen in each of eight categories. The chamber chairman will also choose a recipient for the coveted Chairman’s Award. Sponsorships for the event are still available and start at $125. Each sponsorship includes tickets to the event, the sponsor’s name in the event program, and at least one PowerPoint slide that will be displayed throughout the evening. Tickets for the Business Excellence Awards Reception are $50 per person and are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting the chamber at 624-2548. Finalists for the 2008 Business Excellence Awards: Friendliest Business AIM Mail Centers, Bounce U, Capitol Cellars, Custom Word Printing, Express Employment Professionals, Mechanics Bank, Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning, Robek’s Juice, Rocklin Family Pet Shop, Umpqua Bank, WineStyles Community Service Defender One Protective Services, Granite Community Bank, Halldin Public Relations, Image Outfitters Photography, RC Willey, Right Angle Productions Best New Business Anatolian Table, California Kids, Fountains at Roseville, Icing on the Cupcake, Sky Zone Recreational Center, Springhill Suites by Marriott, Wild Dan’z Pizza Business Achievement Billy Radakovitz: Primera Realty, Class Act Plumbing, Five Star Auto Care, J4 Systems, McDonalds, Nugget Market Roseville, Parallax, INC., RNB Property Management, Sierra Auto Care Non-Profit Achievement Acres of Hope, PEACE for Families, recreate, Rocklin Historical Society, Sierra College Foundation, The Kiwanis Club of Rocklin, Whitney Jr. Wildcats Business Person of the Year Sonbol Aliabadi, Sierra College Foundation; Kedrian Brown, Nugget Market Roseville ; Kevin Brown, Rocklin Unified School District; Jody Dobbs, Sierra Auto Care; Bill Halldin, Halldin Public Relations; Brad Meacham, AIM Mail Center; Lisa Peters, Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning; Randy Peters, Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning; Jim Walsh, Kiwanis Club of Rocklin Restaurant of the Year Blue Moose Deli, Don Quixote’s Mexican Grill, La Provence, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Pita Pit, Rubino’s Ristorante, Rudy’s Gourmet Mexican Cuisine, Venita Rhea’s Best Web site of the Year Absolute Promotions, Bianca’s Fine Jewelry, New York Life- Satnam Singh, Placer Herald, Placer SPCA, Placer Valley Tourism, Rocklin Roseville Today