Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley gives awards at annual banquet

From left, Jill Parsons holds up the plaque for Unity Cafe while Michael and Carlee Squires, with Audiology Services of West Virginia; Stacy Decicco, with United Way Alliance of the MOV; Andrea Duke, with In A Jam!; Chuck Helmick, Results Radio; Randall Craig, Mister Bee Potato Chip Company; Mark McLean, Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal; Brian Raitz and Scott Ramsay, Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library; Detective Carl Powell, Vienna Police Department; Captain Ron Young, Parkersburg Police Department, and Bob Fehrenbacher, of Chemours, hold their awards from Tuesday night’s chamber dinner. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

PARKERSBURG — Business and individual awards were presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley at Tuesday evening’s Dinner and Awards Banquet.

Attendees enjoyed a social before a dinner provided by Valley Catering at the Parkersburg Art Center.

“We are truly grateful to all the sponsors for our 2018 Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet,” said Jill Parsons, president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

“It was hard to select a winner for each category when there were so many great nominees,” said Parsons.

Awards were presented in seven business and five individual categories.

Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer presents Detective Carl Powell with the Law Enforcement Award at Tuesday night’s chamber dinner. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

The chamber and attendees celebrated and reflected on 2018 in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

This year’s winners are:

* New Business of the Year: Unity Cafe

* Curb Appeal/Property Improvement Award: Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library

* Community Involvement Award: West Virginia Central Federal Credit Union

Captain Ron Young is presented the Law Enforcement Award by Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin at Tuesday night’s chamber dinner. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

* Family Owned Business: Audiology Services of West Virginia

* Non-Profit Organization of the Year: United Way Alliance of the MOV

* Women/Minority/Veteran Owned Business: In A Jam!

* Small Business of the Year: Mister Bee Potato Chip Company

* Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Chuck Helmick, Results Radio

* Young Business Leader of the Year: Mark McLean, Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal

* Business Person of the Year: Bob Fehrenbacher, Chemours.

“It is great to be able to give back and serve the community that raised us as a young business,” said Michael Squires, owner of Audiology Services of West Virginia.

Andrea Duke, owner of In A Jam!, said her business, which began as a vendor at the Downtown Parkersburg Farmers Market beside the Blennerhassett Hotel, is now available in more than 50 locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia, including Tamarack.

“It is great that so many of us are able to bloom where we are planted,” said Bob Fehrenbacher, plant manager at Chemours.

Captain Ron Young, with the Parkersburg Police Department, and Detective Carl Powell, with the Vienna Police Department, received the Law Enforcement Awards.

“We are delighted to be able to honor 12 businesses and individuals at the award ceremony,” said Parsons.

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