Save the date for the VBJ’s Family Owned Business Awards

Our September edition will feature businesses in Southwest Washington

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Family owned businesses make up a large portion of the business community in Southwest Washington and are an important part of Clark County’s landscape.

Because of this, the Vancouver Business Journal decided this year to start publishing two special editions focusing specifically on family owned businesses. The first Family Owned Businesses special edition was published on Feb. 22, and the next one will be published on Sept. 27. We will also hold a special Family Owned Business Awards event in conjunction with the special edition that is published in September.

The Family Owned Business Awards event will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, from 4-7 p.m., at Heathen Estates, 9400 NE 134th St., in Vancouver.

The Family Owned Business Awards are awards that recognize companies demonstrating excellence in family involvement, business success, commitment to employees, customers and community. Nominees of the Family Owned Business Awards will demonstrate:

  • Excellence/Innovation
  • Philanthropy
  • Commitment to community
  • Contribute to charitable organizations
  • Commitment to engage their employees
  • Criteria for the program include:
  • Business is at least 51% owned by the family
  • Business has multiple generations involved in the operations of the company and/or has established longevity in the business
  • Business has been owned by the family for at least five years
  • Business is based in Southwest Washington

In the coming weeks, our website will feature a Family Owned Businesses web page and will include a link to nominate family owned businesses that you think deserve to be recognized. We will also be featuring several family owned businesses in the Sept. 27 special edition of the VBJ, so please continue to send your suggestions to

Please continue to check our website over the next couple of weeks for the Family Owned Business Awards event page. You will find it under the “Events” tab.



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