Chamber of commerce banquet honors businesses

The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley recognized several businesses, organizations and individuals Tuesday during its annual awards dinner. Those recognized included: seated from left, Joanie Yeomens, Comfort Keepers; DeAnne Cummings, White Caps Creative Group; Pam Creel, Aspire Salon; Lisa Johnson, PDJ Accounting Services; Rosa Cummings, TownePlace Suites Marriott; and Tara Bailey, Parkersburg YMCA; standing from left, Dave Yeomens, Comfort Keepers; Bob Claypool, Select Office Services; Scott Miller, Miller Communication; David McClure, Camden Clark Medical Center; Christian Wilcox, BB&T; Bob Fehrenbacher, Chemours; Dwight Marty, TownePlace Suites Marriott; Steve Keiser, TownePlace Suites Marriott; Ort Armstrong, Parkersburg YMCA; and Jill Parsons, Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

PARKERSBURG — Local businesses were recognized Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s annual chamber dinner and awards banquet.

The event was held at the Parkersburg Art Center and included presentations of seven awards to chamber members in areas ranging from New Business of the Year to Community Involvement to Curb Appeal.

There were 10 awards in seven business categories and three individual awards. The businesses honored for accomplishments over the past year included:

* New Business of the Year: Aspire Salon

* Curb Appeal/Property Improvement Award: TownePlace Suites Marriott

* Community Involvement: The Chemours Company

* Family Owned/Home Based Business of the Year: Miller Communications

* Non-Profit Organization of the Year: The Parkersburg YMCA

* Woman/Minority/Veteran Owned Business of the Year: White Caps Creative Group

* Small Business of the Year: Comfort Keepers

The individual awards include:

* Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Lisa Johnson, PDJ Accounting

* Young Business Leader of the Year: Christian Wilcox, BB&T

* Business Person of the Year: David McClure, Camden Clark Medical Center

* Impact of the Year: Bob Claypool, Select Office Services

After four years as president and CEO, McClure will be leaving CCMC at the end of the year to take a position as vice president of strategic initiatives with WVU Medicine of which the local hospital is a part. He expressed his appreciation to the chamber and its members after receiving his award Tuesday night.

“I just want to thank everybody and thank everybody that supports the hospital and the health care providers of this community,” he said.

Chamber President/CEO Jill Parsons said this year’s annual dinner was moved from December to November to help avoid family and holiday obligations. Valley Catering provided the meal.

The chairperson for the event was Kim Legg, the human resources director at Chemours, who announced each award. Parsons said the dinner also recognized three outgoing board members, Dave McClure, Christina Smith and Ken Watts.

The chamber’s membership stands at 392 members, with 55 of those joining since the start of 2017, Parsons said.