Chamber of Commerce holds annual dinner

Chamber of Commerce holds annual dinner

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It was a full house at the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce 2022 annual dinner with more than 800 in attendance on March 31 to celebrate and honor the contributions and accomplishments of the year’s award recipients. President Samira Zimmerly presided over the evening, welcoming in Chad Boreman as the 2022 chair of the board.

This event marked the return to full-capacity, in-person events for the chamber, which was awarded the industry’s highest honor by being named the 2021 National Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The chamber also was recognized as the Ohio Outstanding Chamber by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio.

Sheree Anne Kelly, president and CEO of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, heralded the accomplishments of the Wooster Chamber, citing the establishment of the DORA in downtown Wooster and the creation of the “Wooster is Hiring!” publication, which helps connect potential candidates with employers.

“Wooster is a shining, bright star on the national stage, thanks to the work of your local chamber,” Kelly said.

Zimmerly thanked the members for their support and commitment throughout the past year, noting this as a significant reason they were able to be named National Chamber of the Year. Zimmerly and the chamber team are excited for a return to normal and are eager to keep the momentum going in the coming year.

“I am confident to share with each of you tonight that your chamber is ready to fully re-engage with our community and with our members. We are motivated, ready to hit the ground running and are blessed to know our efforts will be met by unwavering support from our members,” Zimmerly said.

The chamber honored the businesses and individuals receiving 2022 awards for their commitment to Wayne County. The WorthyWorks award, presented in partnership with the Wayne County Community Foundation, was given to Forget-Me-Not Baskets. Wooster Police Chief Matt Fisher was awarded the Leadership Wooster Distinguished Alumni Award. The Board of Directors Award was presented to Stifel-Adams Reichert Wealth Management Group. Walnut Street Gallery received the Small Business of the Year award for 15 employees or fewer while the Small Business of the Year award with more than 15 employees went to The City Square Steakhouse.

The Mike Lezak Award for Volunteer Service was awarded to Dave Dietrich, Matthew Long was recognized for his contributions to the community with the Jack O’Donnell Award and The Commercial & Savings Bank was recognized as the 2022 Business of the Year. Finally, in recognition of a lifetime of contributions and for being a model philanthropist who made it his life mission to improve the lives of other people, Barry Romich was the 2022 Community Wall of Fame award recipient.

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