A near capacity crowd of around 160 celebrated the first century of service from the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Indiana basketball legend Bobby Plump capped off the evening with stories that were both entertaining and motivational.
Chamber Board President Kat Burkhart, curator and executive director of the Carnegie Museum, talked to the crowd about the Chamber’s 100th anniversary – and kicked off a night of honors Wednesday night at the Crawfordsville Country Club.
Each year the Chamber recognizes a Large Business of Year and in the 100th year, that honor went to Hoosier Heartland State Bank. The Small Business of the Year was awarded to Jarrod Zachary Welding. And a relatively new award, the Lew Wallace Entrepreneur of the Year went to Backstep Brewing Co.
The Chamber honored one of its own when Ned Swanson from Haley’s Lock, Safe and Key was named board member of the year.
Many other awards were given.
In the community, Montgomery County Leadership Academy Executive Director Lynn Ringis was named volunteer of the year.
The Chamber Bucks program, which is one of the organization’s largest efforts, would not work well without the businesses that both sell and redeem the certificates. The three largest redeemers were thanked formally at the dinner. In order, they are: Kroger South, County Market and Big R. The largest purchasers of Chamber Bucks were equally honored. They are: LSC Communications, Lakeside Club and CEL&P.
Before Plump took the stage and delighted the audience with a lively and entertaining talk, Chamber Executive Director Rick Hernandez announced that the Chamber brought in about 35 new members this year. He also thanked administrative assistant Abigail Hedrick for her tireless efforts. And earlier in the day Lauralee Noel, an Ivy Tech intern assigned to the Chamber, was given a luncheon before her internship ends.
Throughout the evening, a slide show was presented that honored many businesses for their years of service.
The event was sponsored by Nucor Steel.