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Recent Ribbon Cutting Events

Hotel Maison - Ribbon Cutting with the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
The new Hotel Maison in downtown Yakima, located in the historical downtown building.
*Original facades and architectural amenities calling back to the days of the masons
*Within walking distance to a variety of restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, tasting rooms, boutique shopping, and antique stores
*Art reflecting the beauty of the local orchards, vineyards, and hop fields that decorate our valley

Hayden Homes - Model home Ribbon Cutting with the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
Personalized to Perfection
View the model home at 7802 Fremont Yakima WA

Ribbon Cutting Events

It was a busy wrap up of 2015 with new businesses and Ribbon Cutting events in and around Yakima! Join us for a quick look at the new stores and messages from our Ribbon Cutting locations in the last quarter of 2015!

Have you checked out the TCC, Verizon Premium Wireless store at
6410 W Nob Hill Blvd, Ste. 101 Yakima, Washington... great idea for all your cellular needs!

Recently Standard Paint and Flooring opened their new Downtown location at 409 W Yakima Ave, Yakima.
Take a look through the new store and a quick message from owner Regan Myers from the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting with the Chamber.

A crowd was waiting to see and shop the new Goodwill location in Yakima at 1907 S. 1st st. Get a glimpse of the new store and the huge crowd that turned out for the Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting with the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce!

Yakima's newest hotspot for sports, music and karaoke... The End Zone Bar & Grill - 1023 N. 1st St. Yakima. Ribbon Cutting with the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the new owners of The Little Soapmaker, downtown at 302 W. Yakima Ave. Find out more about them online at

Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi - Ribbon Cutting at 2405 W. Washington Ave. Yakima. Yakima's premiere sushi and steakhouse, featuring 12 hibachi grills, sushi bar and full bar.

Leading Force Energy and Design Center - Ribbon Cutting with the Greater Yakima Chamber
The future of home building and renovation is now accessible through the Leading Force Energy and Design Center - a team approach to design and construction with multiple members whose goal is to benefit owners by developing healthy, energy efficient projects within a manageable budget.

2015 Ted Robertson Community Service Award Recipients

The full Ted Robertson presentation on Oct. 22nd 2015

Inspiring others to community service... that is what the Ted Robertson Community Service Awards mean to the Yakima Valley.
In 2015 the award welcomed two more recipients... here is the presentation of those awards on October 22nd 2015 to Yakima Valley Community College President Dr. Linda Kaminski, and Radio Sales Consultant Ron King.
Past recipients of the Ted Robertson Community Service Award include;

June 22, 1989 - Bea Noel
April 5, 1990 - Greta Bryan
April 25, 1991 – Dorothy “Bill” Donelson Robertson
March 5, 1992 - Wesley H. “Bud” Snyder
March 5, 1993 - Melvin Wagner
February 4, 1994 - Bob DiPietro, Sr.
February 24, 1995 - Shirley Doty
February 6, 1996 - Marvin Sundquist
February 8, 1997 - Bob “Straight Arrow” Lynch
April 17, 1998 - “Ollie” Nelson
February 10, 1999 – Eugene “Gene” Shields
February 25, 2000 - Curtis King
March 2001 - Ester Huey
May 22, 2002 - Senator Alex Deccio
April 3, 2003 - Paul Campbell, Gary George, Mel Moore, Gene Rostvold
May 20, 2004 - Rick Linneweh
April 14, 2005 - Gary Webster
October 25, 2006 - Sid Morrison
March 27, 2008 - Bob Hall
September 24, 2009- Dale Carpenter
October 8, 2010- Gary Lukehart
September 16, 2011 – Bob Brown
September 14, 2012 – John Gasperetti
November 7th, 2013 – Greg and Jan Luring
October 9th, 2014 – Ken Marble, Bill Dolsen, and Al DeAtley
October 22nd, 2015 – Dr. Linda Kaminski and Ronald King

The Ted Robertson Community Service Award was established in 1989 by the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce Past Board Chairs to honor individuals each year that have made major contributions to the betterment of the greater Yakima area. Ted Robertson, former publisher of the Yakima-Herald Republic, held a strong belief that good fortune earned  in a community should be shared with that community. Ted also believed that we, as a community, ought to find more ways to honor people who distinguish themselves through their community service.

The honorees are selected by the Past Board Chairs of the Chamber, for their inspiring leadership, achievements, and commitment to the improvement of our community as business people and citizens of the Yakima Valley. The prestigious Ted Robertson Community Service Award has become the
Yakima Valley’s highest recognition for civic accomplishment and involvement.

This year we honored two recipients, Dr. Linda Kaminski President of Yakima Valley Community College and Ronald R. King of Radio Yakima.

Dr. Linda Kaminski has been the President at the Yakima Valley Community College since 1995. In the last 20 years YVCC has enrolled over one hundred and five thousand students, awarded more than twelve thousand degrees and over four thousand certificates. YVCC has made nearly one hundred million dollars in capital improvements in the same time period.

Dr. Kaminski has been involved with numerous statewide educational committees and boards. Locally, she has volunteered and served with Yakima Rotary, For a Better Tomorrow Board; Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce Educational and Government Affairs Committees; South Central Washington Workforce Development Council Executive Board; KYVE Public Television Board; Yakima Symphony Orchestra Board;  Yakima County Development Association Board and Foundation; Yakima Valley Community Foundation “One Voice”; Yakima County Health Council, and many more.


Ronald “Ron” King, has been involved in Yakima Valley radio broadcasting for most of the past 58 years. He has served the business community as a professional broadcast sales consultant since 1967.

His involvement in community has extended far beyond his broadcast career. Ron is a past Director of the Jaycees, and has served on Boards for: Montessori School;  Central Washington MS Society; Yakima County Development Association; Yakima Rotary; Yakima Visitor and Convention Bureau; Yakima Advertising Federation; Yakima Radio Broadcasters; Fort Simcoe Council of the Boy Scouts of America; 13 years on the Yakima Specialties Board and the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce.

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