This September, the Pearl District Business Association (PDBA) opened nominations for its fourth annual Pearl District Business Awards to recognize individuals and businesses that are making a difference within Portland’s flourishing Pearl District. The award winners (listed below) were honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018, at The Eleanor, hosted by Ciara Pressler of PREGAME.
Congratulations to the 2018 Award winners!
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: ARTS
This award honors an Arts and Culture business or institution that has contributed significantly to the Arts in the community.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: RESTAURANT
This award will recognize that restaurant that has a proven ability to deliver what the customer wants and maintains high customer satisfaction with their food. It is an establishment that has proven themselves through diverse or creative menus, excellent customer service and the ability to respond to the ever-changing expectations of the customer.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: RETAIL
This award will recognize the retailer who has had an exceptional year. This retailer will have demonstrated innovation through its product/retail location and have a proven high customer acceptance.
Pearl Pilates Studio
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: SERVICE PROVIDER
Any establishment that sells a service rather than a product, such as banks, brokerages, financial services, hair salons, spas, business service centers, travel agencies, and generally speaking, telecommunications retailers.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: TECHNOLOGY
This award honors a business that has contributed significantly to technology by products or services offered to the community.
Roshan Tayefemohajer, Glow Boutique Salon & Seven Haircare
BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
Any individual who owns and operates an established, business. Reasons for nominations could include: growth in the number of employees, increased expansion, steady growth in net worth, increase in sales, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity or contributions to the community.
Tracy Vicario, HUB International
WOMEN IN BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be business owners. Reasons for nominations could include: active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help businesses, efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for women, legal financial or managerial assistance provided to enhance women’s business ownership, volunteer efforts to strengthen the role of women business owners within the community, advocacy of the women-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement or other accomplishments demonstrating effectiveness in improving the environment for the creation and expansion of business owned and operated by women.
Erika Wrenn, (w)here Real Estate
COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR AWARD
The Community Ambassador Award is given to an individual or individuals who go above and beyond in their community. This individual is a role model for others, showing the best of bringing individuals, organizations and/or businesses together.
Von Ebert Brewing
EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
This award is open to any retail business in the Pearl District that has: been in business for three years or less, describes the market served and creative communications to its customers, and provides clear goals for the future (Example: increased revenue, jobs created, franchising)
FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
This award honors a family-owned and operated business which has been passed on from one generation to another. The owner must also serve as a majority owner, operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a business in the Pearl.
Ovation Coffee & Tea
MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to support minority entrepreneurship may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be business owners.
New Avenues Ink
NON-PROFIT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments by a nonprofit organization in the community.
Coty Thurman, Living Room Rentals
PROPERTY DEVELOPER/MANAGER OF THE YEAR
This award is for one manager or developer who has exemplary personal conduct and adherence to the property management Code of Ethics, strong personal achievements in the profession, the pursuit of personal improvement and education, involvement in and support of other property management-related associations and significant interest in and contributions to community and civic activities.
Blake Ellis, Windermere Realty Trust
REAL ESTATE BROKER OF THE YEAR
This award is given to one salesperson who has shown sound moral character, high ethical professional behavior, excellent leadership and has provided exemplary service to clients. Evaluation will be based on the history of past production and personal initiative, including listing activities and selling activities in his or her local board.
Erica Indira Swanson, Tea Bar
YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
To be considered a young entrepreneur, the individual must serve as a majority owner and operate or bear principal responsibility for operating a business with a three-year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 40 by November 2017.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
In recognition of a long history of contributions to business and neighborhood growth in the Pearl, a special Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented in 2018.
Thanks to Venture Portland for their generous support!