Last night a crowd of over 650 gathered at the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Celebration, presented by Owensboro Health to celebrate the accomplishments of a banner 2017.
The winning businesses were among 50 finalists vying for the honors. Those earning the honors include:
- Emerging Business of the Year – Bella Ragazza Boutique
- Business of the Year 1-10 Employees – Diamond Lake Resort
- Business of the Year 11-50 Employees – Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.
- Business of the Year Over 50 Employees – Canteen/Conti Corporation
- Non-Profit of the Year – Habitat for Humanity of Owensboro-Daviess County
- Education and Workforce Development Program of the Year – Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center
- Manufacturing Business of the Year – Sun Windows, Inc.
- Rick Kamuf Agri-Business of the Year – Cecil Farms Produce
Other award winners of the night included:
- 2017 Chamber Director of the Year – Rick Kamuf, Kamuf Brothers Farms
- 2017 Chamber Ambassador of the Year – Chris Arnold, US Bank
- 2017 Chamber Young Professional of the Year – Andrew Howard, Independence Bank
- 2017 Leadership Owensboro Class Member of the Year – Shawn Tomes, Kentucky Wesleyan College
- Innovator of the Year – Hollison, LLC
- 2017 Chamber Member of the Year – Owensboro Convention Center
The Business Celebration also included addresses from the presenting sponsor, Owensboro Health, as well as the 2018 Board Chair Bart Darrell, President of Kentucky Wesleyan College.
“Our awards program is an opportunity to celebrate our members who drive the economy and grow our community. The level of excellence displayed throughout the lists of finalists is remarkable. It is yet another example of how Owensboro truly is a shining community. Our Chamber staff is honored to be able to serve our members and to be a small part of their journeys,” said Candance Castlen Brake, Chamber President and CEO.
The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce is a nearly 1000-membership organization founded in 1913 with the purpose of connecting businesses and fostering economic growth in Owensboro and Daviess County.