The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce has named King Estate Winery as this year’s recipient of its Business of the Year award. Along with this announcement, the chamber revealed the finalists for its seventh annual Emerald Awards. Emerald Award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Hult Center on Tuesday, October 5, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A selection committee of Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce members reviewed 58 nominations before announcing the Business of the Year winner and Emerald Award finalists. The committee chose 12 Emerald Award finalists across four categories: community caring, environmental values, growth and innovation. The Business of the Year award is given to one business that excels in all four categories.
“King Estate was named 2010 Business of the Year because of its focus on the triple bottom line of sustainability—financial, social and the environment,” says Dave Hauser, chamber president. “King Estate truly demonstrates an outstanding contribution to the community in each of these ways.”
Celebrating 19 years of winemaking, King Estate is committed to producing Oregon wines of exceptional quality using organic & sustainable farming methods, meticulous fruit selection, impeccable winemaking practices and judicious blending. In addition to 470 acres of organic grapes (the world’s largest contiguous organic vineyard) they also farm 30+ acres of organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers which are used in their estate restaurant and donated to Food for Lane County among other organizations.
King Estate’s strong commitment to environmental stewardship far exceeds industry standards. From growing and harvesting their own cover crop seed for use in their vineyards and garden areas, to their massive composting system which produces 1,000 tons of compost each year the winery goes above and beyond.
The winery is also a huge supporter of the community in terms of social outreach, supporting over 200 non-profit organizations. With 11% growth in 2009, they also contribute to the local economy.
This week, King Estate was named Organic Grower of the Year from the Oregon Organic Coalition.
Over the last seven years, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce has received nearly 600 nominations applauding members of the business community. The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce developed the Emerald Awards program to honor businesses in the Eugene and Springfield area that contribute to our community’s vitality and quality of life through sustainable business practices. Each award represents a core principle of sustainability and demonstrates the important connection between the success of local businesses and the quality of life in Eugene/Springfield.
Sponsors of the 2010 Emerald Awards include presenting sponsors Isler CPA and Chambers Productions, along with Eugene Water & Electric Board, Jones & Roth CPAs and Business Consultants, Summit Bank, and All Academic, Inc.
2010 Emerald Award finalists are as follows:
Emerald Award for Community Caring recognizes leadership by businesses that give generously of time, money, goods or services for the enrichment of the community. Finalists for 2010 include:
- Bi-Mart Corporation
- Oregon Community Credit Union
- Pacific Continental Bank
Emerald Award for Environmental Values honors businesses that are leaders in preserving the environment and/or that have taken particular measures to be exceptional stewards of our natural resources. Finalists for 2010 include:
- Catalyst Technology Group
- Forrest Paint Company
- Organically Grown Company
Emerald Award for Growth honors businesses that have demonstrated growth through job creation and revenue increases over a 24-month period. Finalists for 2010 include:
- Gorilla Capital
- Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss
- Ninkasi Brewing Company
Emerald Award for Innovation honors existing businesses that have enhanced or re-invented their products, services, or practices through the successful implementation of innovative ideas. It also applies to emerging businesses with a niche or idea that have demonstrated rapid early growth. Finalists for 2010 include:
- Bulk Handling Systems
- On Time Systems
- Turtle Mountain
Those interested in attending the Emerald Awards celebration can register online at www.theemeraldawards.org or call (541) 484-1314.
As the area’s leading business advocate, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce works to create an environment in which business will thrive. The chamber works with partners in business, government and education to improve the quality of life for local residents. For more information, call (541) 484-1314 or visit www.eugenechamber.com