Helen Carpenter, third from right, was presented with the President’s Award during the annual Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Dinner Thursday, March 9 at the Baker Community Center. Pictured are, from left to right: Bob Kalish, representing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted; Kevin Smart, representing U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson; State Senator Frank Hoagland; Kathleen Young, representing Governor John Kasich; Monroe County Chamber of Commerce President Betty Edgington; Rusty Atkinson, Monroe County ChamSusan Cunion, right, accepted the Business Acheivement Service Award on behalf of Modern Home and Hardware from Chamber President Betty Edgington during the annual Chamber Dinner Thursday, March 9.Shirley Brown, of Cancer Gas Cards Inc., right, was presented the Citizen of the Year Award by Chamber President Betty Edgington during the annual Chamber Dinner Thursday, March 9 at the Brown Community Center.The Russell Family Bowling Center was presented with the New Business Award. Pictured are, from left to right: Chamber President Betty Edgington and Walter Russell and Lee Russell of Russell Family Bowling Center.

Area businesses, individuals recognized at Chamber Dinner

Upward mobility and plans for the future were emphasized Thursday, March 9 during the annual Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Dinner at the Brown Community Center.

Among the guest speakers for the evening was first-term State Senator Frank Hoagland.

A retired Navy Seal, Hoagland stated his goals as state senator include providing opportunities to area residents.

“We need to figure out how to find solutions to provide upward mobility, including the younger generations,” Hoagland said. “We have to provide training for people to get to work.”

As Hoagland spoke of ways to help create opportunities for workers, John Voorhies, of the Ohio Small Business Development Center, addressed ways to help new and current businesses.

“As an entrepreneur, I’ve been in the trenches. I’ve owned various businesses, so I’m in the trenches with you,” Voorhies said. “I want to help you start, grow and sustain business.”
Through the Small Business Development Center, Voorhies’ services include helping businesses create a business plan and marketing, all at no charge to business owners.

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