Chamber announces 2020 Business Choice Award honorees, nominees

Courtesy of the SCV Chamber of Commerce

The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce announced its 2020 Business Choice Award honorees and nominees, who will be honored at the 98th Annual Virtual Awards & Installation on Jan. 28. 

The announcement includes the 2020 Business Choice Awards and Pandemic Leadership nominees, as well as the recipients for the Public Service Award and Nonprofit of the Year. 

The SCV Chamber has also created a new Cheri Fleming Heart of the Community Award, which is set to be awarded posthumously to Cheri Fleming and presented to Don Fleming.

“We received hundreds of nominations this year from businesses across the Santa Clarita Valley and couldn’t be prouder of the stories of success, perseverance and change that have been shared with us,” John Vance, chair of the chamber board, said in a prepared statement Monday. “We truly believe this year’s top nominees are an outstanding representation of the resilience of our business community during the pandemic.”

The Business Choice Award nominations were open to the chamber’s membership and the general business community to nominate, then an awards selection committee reviewed all the nominations and helped select the award recipients and final list of nominees. 

The following are the selected honorees, while the remainder of the award recipients are expected to be announced live during the 98th Annual Virtual Awards and Installation:

Public Service Award: L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Cheri Fleming Heart of the Community Award: Cheri Fleming

Nonprofit of the Year: Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley

One honoree is expected to be awarded from the following nominees in each of the categories and announced live during the 98th Annual Virtual Awards and Installation: 

Business of the Year (nominees):

  • JSB Development.
  • Mercedes Benz of Valencia.
  • UV Resources.

Rising Star Award (nominees):

  • 6 Degrees Consulting.
  • One True North.
  • Video Bump.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (nominees):

  • Bluemark.
  • Newleaf Training and Development.
  • SchlickArt Photography and Video Services.

This year, in addition to the regular slate of awards, the SCV Chamber is set to honor six of the below nominees with a Pandemic Leadership Award for leadership displayed during the pandemic:

Pandemic Leadership (nominees):

  • 24-7 Events.
  • California Institute of the Arts.
  • California Bakery.
  • Cameron Smyth, city of Santa Clarita councilman.
  • Evolve Business Strategies.
  • Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
  • Kaiser Permanente.
  • KHTS.
  • Poole, Shaffery & Koegle, LLP.
  • Princess Cruises.
  • Results Fitness.
  • Salt Creek Grille.
  • Small Business Development Center hosted by College of the Canyons.
  • SCV Water Agency.
  • Slaters 50/50.
  • The Old Town Junction.
  • The Signal.
  • UCLA Health.
  • Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewery.

“The final nominees this year give true representation for the 2020 business community and deserve to be honored,” Ivan Volschenk, managing partner at Evolve Business Strategies, which manages the chamber, said in the statement. “It is important for the chamber to recognize the efforts of businesses during this unprecedented time. We believe this year’s nominees are great examples of what our community stands for.”

This year, attendees have the option to purchase a VIP ticket, which is expected to include a three-course dinner and cocktails specially crafted by last year’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award honoree, The Old Town Junction, with menu options available on the chamber’s website.

The 98th Annual Awards & Installation is scheduled to take place virtually on Thursday, Jan. 28, starting at 6 p.m. with a virtual cocktail reception and networking, with the program set to begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

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