|Chamber Recognizes Award Recipients at Luncheon|
The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce presented their 2009 Business and Community Awards at a special luncheon held on Friday, October 30th at Lobitz Catering. The luncheon was sponsored by Luzerne County Community College.
Winning the Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored Comfort Keepers was Arc Electric Construction Co, Inc.. The Large Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Network Solutions won by Gottstein Corporation. The Pride of Place Award, sponsored by Providence Place Retirement Community was won by Fairway Chevrolet Subaru. The “Rocco Colangelo, Sr.” Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by Snyder & Clemente, LLC was won by Jane Dougherty. The Healthy Workplace Awards, sponsored by Blue of Northeastern Pennsylvania, in cooperation with ChamberChoice, were won by PRO Rehabilitation Services (small business) and Cargill Meat Solutions (large business).
Some new additions to this year’s award program were the presentation of the Green Businesses of the Year as well as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The Green Businesses of the Year awards were sponsored by Hazleton Oil & Environmental. They were won by Whitewater Challengers (small business) and Hazleton General Hospital (large business). The Young Entrepreneur of the Year was sponsored by the Great Valley Technology Alliance and was won by Chris DeRienzo.
The Chamber’s Women’s Networking Committee also recognized the recipients of their annual Women’s Empowerment Grant. The grants, were presented by Chamber President Donna Palermo and Martha Herron from PPL. PPL contributed $500 toward the grant fund, therefore allowing the committee to award an additional $500 grant in addition to their annual $1000 grant. This grant was initiated through the Chamber’s Women’s Networking Committee and is intended to assist women who are beginning their education, returning to college for an advanced degree, or taking additional courses to improve their workplace skills. This year’s annual $1000 grant was presented to Ruth Lyons who is currently attending the University of Phoenix and majoring in Business Management and plans to receive a Bachelors Degree and a certification in Human Resources. The additional $500 grant was presented to Marilyn Ferry who is currently attending Marywood University and will be obtaining a reading specialist certification.
According to Lex Sloot, Chairman of the Awards Committee, “The awards were initiated to highlight businesses that are located in the Greater Hazleton Area, and to recognize the important role that volunteers play in our community. Mr. Sloot states, “The judging was extremely difficult with many excellent applicants in each category. However, I feel that the judges made excellent choices with the above-mentioned winners.”
The event was held in celebration of Chamber of Commerce month. For additional information on the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and its services, call 570-455-1509 or visit us on the web at www.hazletonchamber.org
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