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January 31, 2014

Chamber preps for awards

MT. VERNON — Nominations for three major awards to be presented by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet are now being received.

Chamber officials have announced nomination forms for the Small Business Person of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and the Young Professional of the Year are available at the Chamber office at 200 Potomac Boulevard.

“We really want to make sure that certain members of our community are recognized and we want to show our appreciation for what they do,” said Olivia Majerchin, executive director of the Chamber. “A lot of people have full time jobs and do so much to help us out. We like to notice that and give them these awards,” she added.

Nominations for the Small Business Person of the Year and Young Professional of the Year will be received through March 3. Nominations for the Citizen of the Year will be accepted through March 5.

The award recipients will be announced to the public during a news conference scheduled on Tuesday, March 25, and at the Chamber’s annual dinner on Friday, April 4.

Last year’s award winners were: Duane Klein of Mt. Vernon TV and Appliance, Small Business Person of the Year; Richard Straeter, Habitat for Humanity, Citizen of the Year; and Bria Ashby of Community First Bank of the Heartland, Young Professional of the Year.

The Young Professional of the Year award is selected by the Education Clearinghouse of the Chamber; the Citizen of the Year is selected by the Past President’s Council and the Small Business Person of the Year is selected by the Small Business Council.

Last year was the first year the Chamber presented the Young Professional of the Year award.

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