Nominate companies for leadership awards

Nominations for this year's the Bureau of Labor and Industries Business Leadership Awards remain open through Oct. 1.

Nominations may be emailed to with:

  • The nominator's name and contact information;
  • The nominated employer, including their website and a contact person and reliable contact information;
  • How the nominee has demonstrated leadership in its commitment to fair workplaces, protecting civil rights in the community and/or developing a stronger workforce.

BOLI Business Leadership Awards are considered in three categories: Civil Rights Champion, Fair Workplace Champion, and Workforce Development Champion. Nominees must be businesses or nonprofit employers currently operating primarily within Oregon, or with headquarters in Oregon. While business owners may not nominate their own company, they and any other Oregonian are encouraged to nominate an outstanding employer for one, or more than one, category of award.

Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian created the award program in 2009 to recognize employers. Champions recognized in previous years include Columbia River Bar Pilots in Astoria, Continental Mills in Pendleton, Dogs for the Deaf in Medford, and Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland.

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