[heading]photos by Janis Foley [/heading]

The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce (SDNCC) held the 2013 Annual Celebration of Business Awards Gala in late June at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. The event, hosted by comedian, Kim Coles of In Living Color and Living Single, was a true celebration of doing business successfully, responsibly and for the spirit of the community. The SDNCC staff and their interns did a fantastic job planning for the highly anticipated event, held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. The purpose was to honor the best and brightest of San Diego County’s business community while highlighting achievements in corporate and individual categories. A variety of business achievement awards were presented in nine distinct categories to include:

 

sdncc_gala_2013_366Non Profits of the Year: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and The Elizabeth Hospice

Community Leader Small Business: Miguel’s Cocina

Community Leader Medium Business: Sullivan Solar Power

Community Leader Large Business: TERADATA

Entrepreneur of the Year: Lauren Reynolds

Woman in Business: Deanna Smith

Small Business of the Year: Strategic Business Communications

Business of the Year: San Diego County Credit Union

Volunteer of the Year: Widney Hawthorne

Business Leader of the Year: Derrick Breaux, ZCode Media

Visionary Award: Bonnie Dumanis

Environmental Stewardship: Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort

Healthiest Large Business: Bridgepoint Educationjanisfoley_300ppi

Healthiest Small Business: Bill Howe Plumbing

 

The evening was filled with anticipation of silent auction item bidding contests, a cocktail hour, board installation, dinner and the awards ceremony where applause was generously given as each recipient was honored. Derrick Breaux, Publisher of ZCode Media, was completely surprised and humbled by his award. Upon receiving the Business Leader of the Year award, Breaux shared his enthusiasm for having the opportunity to be so involved in the local communities. He also praised the team he has built and how ZCode Media has thrived from the very beginning because of their passion for “producing magazines that people love to read.” ZCode Media has grown to host 10 community magazines since the Premiere issue of 92127 Magazine in November of 2009; Del Sol Magazine as the newest addition.