The Harvard Chamber of Commerce recently had its annual dinner at the Starline Factory take the time to show our appreciation to our members and community, and recognize our businesses.
We shined our spotlight on Brown Bear Daycare & Learning Center for being our 2013 outstanding business of the year. They were chosen by our board of directors and our members. They have done so much for our community by sponsoring our local events, hosting a mobile food pantry and most of all taking care of our children. They are a true example of how a business can have such a positive impact on a town like ours.
Another special award was given out was to Mark Lancaster as our volunteer of the year. He has gone above and beyond to help at anything the chamber has needed to thrive in the past year. He is a dedicated person whom we are very proud of and thankful for.
We also recognized other businesses for their outstanding achievements and reaching anniversary milestones in our community and welcomed new chamber members.
This year, we will continue to offer educational seminars and bring events that allow exclusive marketing opportunities to our members. These events will help with the everyday expenses that require being able to operate and keep our membership dues affordable for businesses of any size.
I would like to thank everyone for supporting the chamber so we can continue to be strong a voice for the needs, visions and goals no matter what type or size of business.
We also introduced this year’s board of directors, including President Michaela Woods, Woodstock Wal-Mart; Vice President Raul Meza, Castle Bank; Treasurer Vicki Schulz, Twin Garden Farms; Jeffery Parks, The Harvard State Bank; Amy Beetstra, Stahl Insurance Agency; Rolando Cruz, Woodforest National Bank; Martin Figueroa, Harvard Chevy Buick GMC; Marc Hathaway, Anytime Fitness; ex-officios Laurie Tobias and Bill Clow, Harvard School District 50; and Harvard Mayor Jay Nolan. New board of directors members include Jonathan Bradley, Harvard Wal-Mart; Kelly Robinson, Northwest Herald; Sheila Henson, Brown Bear Daycare; and Verne Sisson, Harvard Savings Bank.
Thanks to all of them for their dedication and hard work. Also, a special thanks to our annual dinner committee: Mic Woods, Vicki Schulz, Amy Beestra and all those who helped and came out to the dinner to make it a successful night.
• Crystal Musgrove is executive director of the Harvard Chamber of Commerce.