Are you a fun person at home? Are you a fun person at work?
Want to have some good laughs with your family, co-workers and fellow Chamber members?
The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley will give you the chance to explore these questions at the 2012 Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet.
This year's Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet will be held on Nov. 8 at the Parkersburg Art Center.
The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a Social Hour and, new for 2012, a Red Carpet Lounge.
The Red Carpet Lounge will allow businesses to set up a small booth to distribute information and highlight their services and products to everyone attending the dinner.
A booth at the Red Carpet Lounge is $100 for Chamber members and $200 for non-members.
Tickets for the annual dinner are $50 a person and include two drink tickets to use during the social hour or during the dinner, followed by a cash bar. DaVinci's will cater the dinner and meal options include herb grilled chicken, petite filet or pasta primavera.
Chamber members may also purchase a table of eight. Table pricing varies based on the membership tier, starting at $400/table.
After dinner the attendees will be entertained by keynote speaker Rick Olson. Olson is an author and business consultant who has travelled the globe speaking to a variety of groups. He will keep the attendees entertained with his presentation entitled "How Fun Are You to Be With?"
Sponsorships are also available for members to support the annual dinner. The various levels are Platinum, which includes two tables and a free Red Carpet Lounge booth for $2,500; Gold, which includes eight tickets and a free Red Carpet Lounge booth for $1,000; Silver, which includes four tickets for $500; Bronze, which includes two tickets for $250
Sponsors to date include The Parkersburg News & Sentinel (Platinum) and West Virginia Central Credit Union (Gold).
The deadline to be a sponsor or make reservations for the annual dinner is Nov. 1. Seating is limited to 300 so we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible.
Following the keynote speaker, we will honor and recognize 10 area businesses and individuals for their accomplishments over the past year in the following categories:
* 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
* Business Person of the Year
If you would like to submit a nomination, please go to our website at www.movchamber.org and download a nomination form. Self-nominations are also accepted. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 22. Please note the judging panel will give preference to Chamber members in reviewing the nominations.
The most current member listing can be found on our website under "Member Directory" if you want to review whether your nominee is a member of our Chamber.
We are looking forward to a fun and entertaining evening at the Chamber's Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet. You won't want to miss it!
Candidate Forum with the League of Women Voters, Monday,7-9 p.m., Judge Black Annex. The following candidates are invited: U.S. House, David McKinley and Sue Thorn; state Senate, Donna Boley; state House of Delegates, Bill Anderson and Denzil Malone, Anna Border and Jim Marion, Tom Azinger, John Ellem, Fred Gillespie and Dan Poling; Wood County Commission, David Couch and Harry Deitzler
Visit this space every other Sunday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Chamber office at 409 1/2 Market St., Parkersburg.
Jill Parsons is president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley.