County Chamber spotlights members
— Eleven businesses and nonprofits were spotlighted Thursday by the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce during a business luncheon at Schaefer’s Banquet Hall.
It’s the second year the county chamber has taken time to pay tribute to those who have played a key role in the overall economic vitality of Cecil County during the last year.
“We designed this event to recognize businesses, nonprofits and individuals that have made major contributions to civic and economic growth,” County Chamber President and CEO Bonnie Grady said.
Eligibility is considered in several categories, including new business, new owners of existing business, significant business expansion, individuals or groups selected for county, state or national awards and those celebrating a
quinquennial anniversary (5, 10, 15 years, etc.).
“This is a natural extension of the chamber-initiated “I Love Ce- cil” campaign, which was rolled out in January of this year,” Grady said. “Everyone deserves to feel good about their community.”
Certificates of recognition were given to the American Cancer Society/Cecil County Relay for Life marking 20 years for this event, Armstrong for 55 years in business, the Cecil Whig for 175 years in business, Chesapeake Inn for 20 years in business, Community Mediation Upper Shore for significant business expansion, Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program for a significant business expansion, McCool Insurance Agency for 60 years in business, OM Art Photography for new business, PCS service provider for 15 years in business, Planet Fitness for five years in business and Winstead Insurance for 60 years in business.
Joe DiNunzio, a vice president with Artesian Water and chairman of the County Chamber’s board of directors, announced Thursday that the second-annual Spotlight on Business highlighted a total of 410 years of business success, along with two expansions and one new company.
“This fits with our mission,” DiNunzio said, as the chamber celebrated its members.
Cecil County Chamber of Commerce leaders pose with recipients of their second-annual Business Spotlight Awards on Thursday at Schaefer’s Banquet Hall in Chesapeake City.