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Finalists Announced for the 13th Annual Blue Ribbon Awards

  Tahoe Chamber  |   November 2, 2020   |   Chamber NewsFeatured EventsPress Releases

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Registration Open for the Virtual Awards Ceremony

November 2, 2020 (South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.) – The community is invited to attend the Tahoe Chamber’s 13th Annual Blue Ribbon Awards to honor South Shore businesses and individuals that have impacted our community for the better. In place of the annual awards dinner, the awards show will be pre-filmed and broadcast on Lake Tahoe Television and on November 19th from 6-7 PM. Viewers are asked to register in advance here to get direct access to the awards ceremony. Those that are in the mood to celebrate can hit the town to support a variety of local restaurants that will be offering special viewings or special happy hour menus for dine in or take out. The Chamber encourages everyone to safely get out to support local businesses and celebrate the 2020 Blue Ribbon nominees and winners.

The Blue Ribbon Awards honor our business community every year for their accomplishments and contributions, and local businesses deserve this celebration more than ever due to their resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. When registering, guests will have the option to make a donation to support this ongoing program or purchase a local wine or beer celebration basket to enjoy while watching the award ceremony. Guests can register on TahoeChamber.org.

After weighing each nomination against the award criteria, the Blue Ribbon Awards Committee has determined the three finalists in each award category. The winners will be announced during the awards presentation.

Congratulations to the 2020 Blue Ribbon Award finalists;

Tourism Award
Sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Innovative program, promotion, or product for our visitors

  • Roundhill Pines Beach Resort
  • Clearly Tahoe
  • Lake Tahoe Balloons


Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by Getaway Reno/Tahoe
An innovative individual who assumed the risk of starting a new business.

  • Andrea Drew / Drew Consulting
  • Melinda Choy / Elevate Wellness Center
  • Rachel and Greg Carlson / Black Bear Lodge


Customer Service Award
Sponsored by Heavenly & Kirkwood Mountain Resorts
An individual who consistently provides quality service.

  • Belen Urrutia / Sierra-at-Tahoe
  • Cassidy Hoehn / Barton Health
  • Jenay Aiksnoras / Lake Tahoe Yoga


Public Service Agency Award
Sponsored by South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling
An individual that provides quality service in the not so usual places (Police, Fire, DMV, City, County, TRPA, etc.).

  • Brad Zlendick / Lake Valley Fire Protection District
  • Kelley Edwards / City of South Lake Tahoe
  • Nicole Cartwright / Tahoe Resource Conservation District


Excellence in Business Award (NEW)
Sponsored by Marriott Grand Residence Club
A business that has made a substantial contributions to the overall good of business and the economic well-being of the community. (Business must be established and in operation for at least three (3) years)

  • Overland Meat & Seafood Co.
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort
  • Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel


Community Enrichment Award (NEW)
Sponsored by Bike the West
A business, non-profit, or agency that has worked to improve the South Shore community

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe
  • Bread & Broth
  • Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition


New Business of the Year Award (NEW)
Sponsored by El Dorado County and GO Local Tahoe
A new business that has gained an increasingly positive reputation and who exhibits distinction.
(Business must have been in operation for less than three (3) years)

  • Bare Roots Coffee Roasting Company
  • Blue Granite Climbing Gym
  • High Mountain Greenery


Volunteer of the Year Award (NEW)
Sponsored by Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa
An individual dedicated to making a positive impact on the agency they serve and on the community at large.

  • Carol Gerard
  • Katie Keith
  • Laure Tolstad


Tallac Achievement Award
Sponsored by Zephyr Cove Resort
An exemplary infrastructure project that revitalizes and enhances the economy and community of the South Shore.

  • Bijou Park Creek Watershed Restoration Project
  • Caltrans – US Highway 50 Projects
  • Lake Tahoe Community College Mobility

Voting is now open for the Tallac Achievement Award, which is determined by popular vote from community members. Cast your vote at https://bit.ly/TallacAchievementAwardVoting before the deadline of November 13th.

The Tahoe Chamber would like to thank the sponsors of the 13th annual Blue Ribbon Awards; Presenting Sponsor, the South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts, Spotlight Sponsor, Tahoe Beach Club, South Shore Sponsor, Barton Health, Blue Business Sponsor, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, and Media Sponsors, Lake Tahoe Television and Tahoe Daily Tribune.


The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce (Tahoe Chamber) is dedicated to developing, promoting and representing the South Shore business community on both sides of the state line as the local chamber of commerce. The Tahoe Chamber provides resources, programs, services and opportunities to members with the goal to sustain a high quality of life for the community by achieving economic vitality. For more information about Tahoe Chamber, visit www.tahoechamber.org.

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