Ashland Chamber of Commerce Holds 7th Annual Awards Banquet

  • 3/7/2019 7:41:13 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce held its 7th Annual Awards Banquet at the Ashland University Convocation Center, celebrating 19 finalists from around the area and presenting eight of them with awards. 

"We started this seven years ago because we didn't really have anything like this," said Barbie Lange, President and CEO of the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce. "What we are able to do is really honor those members who are outstanding in what they do. Even to be a finalist is quite an honor. It's a very prestigious award."

At the end of 2018, the Chamber accepted nominations from the public to vote for members of the Chamber of Commerce in eleven categories. Over 55 nominations were made, at which point nominee information was sent to the Wyandot Area Chamber of Commerce so that the judging could be impartial. Nominees were picked for things such as business performance and community impact, with awards being given for each category.

"They put so much into their businesses," Lange said. "This is a way to honor them and to give back to them for what they do, and what they do best. They're out there doing their calling every day."

Among those honored were Gregg Orthodontics, the Ashland County Park District, Ashland Comfort Control, NextHome Next Stepp, Bookmasters, Ashland Christian Health Center, the Ashland Board of Realtors, and Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home.

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