Boise Metro Chamber Honors Businesses and Candi Allphin During 2019 Small Business of the Year and Chamber Excellence Awards
BOISE, ID – The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce announced its 2019 Small Business of the Year & Chamber Excellence Award winners during its annual awards luncheon last week. The Chamber has a long-standing tradition of recognizing its members’ excellence and celebrating the importance of small businesses to our community and our local economy.
The Chamber also honored Candi Allphin, former senior vice president at U.S. Bank and former Chair of the Boise Metro Chamber Board of Directors with the Chamber’s Hall of Fame Award. Previous Hall of Fame winners include Dr. Robert Kustra in 2017, Dennis Johnson in 2016, and Skip Oppenheimer in 2015.
Candi Allphin is a retired Senior Vice President of U.S. Bank. She spent 38 years in the banking industry in leadership roles. She was a member of the Western Idaho Regional Leadership Team and Management Committee. She also served for many years as a member of the local U.S. Bancorp Foundation team. Her volunteer leadership roles in the community are extensive as past chair of many organizations, including the Boise Metro Chamber, the Idaho Banker’s Association, the Boise State Foundation, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Junior League of Boise, the Idaho Botanical Garden, and the Boise State Alumni Association.
She currently serves on the Board of the Idaho Community Foundation as Chair-Elect, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation, the Boise State Foundation, the Arid Club, and is a commissioner for the Idaho State Building Authority. She also serves as an advisor at the Pacific Coast Banking School.
Her awards include Boise State University Distinguished Alumni, Leadership Boise Community Service Award, TWIN, the Junior League of Boise Community Service and President’s awards, and Idaho Business Review Women of the Year.
The winners of the other categories were:
Small Business of the Year (small-size category) – Zee Christopher
Small Business of the Year (medium-size category) – Bronco Motors
Nonprofit Excellence – Idaho Youth Ranch
Financial Services Industry Excellence – Idaho Central Credit Union
Food & Agriculture Industry Excellence – Albertsons
Healthcare Industry Excellence – Optum
Travel Industry Excellence – Boise Centre
Government Advocate of the Year – Heidi Hart, Terry Reilly Health Services
“Celebrating small business is job one for our Chamber. These businesses make up the bulk of our membership and the job creation in our community” said Boise Metro Chamber President & CEO Bill Connors. “Please support all these businesses, as they are all giving back to our communities growth and prosperity”
The Chamber received a large number of applications for this year’s awards. The finalists were as follows:
Small Business of the Year (Small-Size)
International Minute Press
Small Business of the Year (Medium-Size)
Amherst Madison Real Estate Advisors
Idaho Tents & Events
Idaho Youth Ranch
WCA/Women's and Children's Alliance
Food & Agri-Business Industry Excellence
Gluten Free Galaxy
Idaho Grape Growers & Wine Producers Commission
Financial Services Industry Excellence
Eide Bailly LLP
Idaho Central Credit Union
Healthcare Industry Excellence
Genesis Community Health, Inc.
Garden Plaza of Valley View
Travel Industry Excellence
Meeting Systems, Inc.
Government Advocate of the Year
Heidi Hart, Terry Reilly Health Services
Jess Harrison, Association of Idaho Cities
Kevin Settles, Bardenay
The event was presented by Zions Bank, sponsored by the Boise Centre and the Idaho Business Review, and co-sponsored by Boise State University, Idaho Power, State Farm and Clearview Cleaning.