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Business of the Year Award

Bear Creek Lumber was awarded the Small Business Adminstration’s Business Person of the Year Award for North Central Washington State in 2003. The award was based on the company’s long term commitment to excellence, and its sustained success in the lumber industry. Regional SBA director Coralie Myers presented the award at the monthly Economic Allianace for Okanogan County, held in Omak, WA.

The company was nominated for the award by SBA business consultant Lewis Blakeney, who worked with the company on securing financing through the Washington State Trade and Economic Development Department. He said he was impressed by how such a small company can do so much with a small staff, utilizing the latest technology, and a commonsense approach to its marketing and sales.

Innovation by this tight knit group has led to a “paperless office” which functions as efficiently as any big city firm. Suppliers and customers come from all over the world, despite the company’s location in a remote rural part of the Cascades Mountains. With an outstanding staff behind them, the Bannicks expect many more years of success. Sales for 2003 are already on a pace to set a record for 2003.

Picture a company that provides regional, national and international distribution and sales of specialty lumber products and delivers to builders job sites, direct from western Okanogan County in North Central Washington State. The twenty-seven year-old company sells a variety of Northwestern wood products including timbers, beams, decking, shakes and shingles, custom sidings, interior panelings, trim, floorings and fascia.

In addition, it provides services such as pre-staining, fire-treatment, hand peeled logs, reclaimed products, and certified products. Services that most building supply companies are reluctant to provide. It regularly delivers these to the most remote locations in the world, including England, Japan, the United Arab Emigres, the Carribean, Hawaii and Alaska.

Family owned and run, with less than 20 employees, it generated over $4,000,000 in sales in 2003.
Top quality from a small town. Thatʼs the signature of Bear Creek Lumber.

Project Partners

SBA Business Consultant Lewis Blakeney

Washington State Trade and Economic Development Department

Washington Small Business Association