Chamber to hold awards banquet

By MICHAEL ERB

merb@newsandsentinel.com

PARKERSBURG – The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its annual awards banquet Nov. 21.

The 2013 Annual Dinner & Awards banquet will be held at the Parkersburg Art Center at 725 Market St. in downtown Parkersburg. Social time and hors d’oeuvres will be from 4:30-6 p.m., the dinner and keynote speaker will be from 6-7:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

“It’s a celebration time to get the majority of chamber members together,” said Jill Parsons, president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley. “We try to put together a good evening of fun, networking and social time.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Gregg Gregory, a certified speaking professional from the Washington, D.C., metro area, who will speak on “Navigating Generational Differences in the Workplace.”

“A couple of people in the chamber had heard him speak at a presentation and thought our membership would enjoy hearing him,” Parsons said. “We will have some great interactivity during the presentation. It is a ‘cellphone friendly’ presentation.”

A buffet dinner will be catered by da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant.

Parsons said in recent years the chamber has used the banquet as a chance to highlight some of the local businesses through an awards ceremony.

“We recognize 10 winners for different categories of awards,” she said. Those categories are New Business of the Year, Curb Appeal/Property Improvement Award, Community Involvement Award, Family Owned/Home Based Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Woman/Minority Owned Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Young Business Leader of the Year and Business Person of the Year.

The cost of the event is $50 a person, and interested businesses are encouraged to reserve tables of eight. Current chamber members have been emailed electronic registration forms, but anyone can register by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 304-422-3588.

Parsons said all those attending are asked to confirm by Monday, Nov. 11.

“Space at the Art Center is limited,” she said.