No Business Growth Awards this year

The VBJ remains hopeful that we will be able to hold our Top Projects event late this summer

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Joanna Yorke
JOANNA YORKE Vancouver Business Journal Managing Editor

As I looked over the Vancouver Business Journal’s editorial calendar for the coming weeks this morning, I realized that this week should have marked our 2020 Business Growth Awards. We had an event scheduled for this Wednesday, and we would have published our annual Business Growth Awards issue of the VBJ this coming Friday.

As many of you are probably aware by now, we have suspended the printing and mailing of the full edition each week, and now I have to share that we sadly had to make the difficult decision to not hold our Business Growth Awards event this year. And although we were hopeful that we still might be able to at least give some awards and write some articles about winners, etc., that unfortunately was just not feasible as well. Everyone is, understandably so, concerned with many, many other things going on right now, and many businesses in our area are still struggling with this “new normal.”

Our next event and special edition of the VBJ coming up this year is our annual Top Projects Awards. The Top Projects event was scheduled for July 29, with the special edition of the VBJ publishing on July 31. While we would love to maintain that timeframe, in order to allow for more time for developers and contractors and their affiliated sub-contractors to submit project information, we are now looking at dates at the end of August, possibly even September, depending on what things look like by then. However, we still very much intend to cover all of those Top Projects and hold some sort of event – maybe even a digital event. Stay tuned to see what it may look like.

These are uncertain times and we miss networking with everyone in our local business community of Southwest Washington. We look forward to a time when we can hold all of our awards’ events again and honor all of the great businesses and businesspeople in this community. Help us bring back our Business Growth Awards bigger and better than ever in 2021!

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Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start