County Cham­ber spot­lights mem­bers

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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 WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

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.

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