Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration
Seventeen awards will be presented to outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals of the Bedford County region, recognizing a variety of accomplishments, including: excellence in business (small, medium and large categories), community service, historical preservation, property improvement, agri-business, education and servant leadership, as well as the prestigious Athena Award, sponsored by Bedford BPW and Thomas Dealerships. The Chamber partners with BCDA, the Bedford County Visitors Bureau and Bedford County Community Connections to present awards for economic development, excellence in tourism and a commitment to hiring people with disabilities.
The theme of the evening will be Symphony in Autumn, in partnership with theme sponsor, Community Life. The evening will begin with a reception that will also include an extensive silent auction, sponsored by Stiffler-McGraw, showcasing Chamber member businesses. Soaring Eagle Productions will provide video services to produce the pre-recorded acceptance speeches.
Sponsorships & registrations for the celebration are extremely limited, so those wishing to attend should register as soon as possible; this event traditionally sells out.
Businesses are welcome to provide an item promoting their company for inclusion in the silent auction; program ads are also available to advertise businesses and/or congratulate the honorees. For more information, please call the Chamber office at 814-623-2233.
2018 Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Award Honorees
JOHN ANDERSON AWARD: Homewood at Spring House Estates
BUSINESS HALL OF FAME AWARD: Allegany College of Maryland
EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARD (3 Categories):
Small (no more than 10 employees): Addictive Apparel
Medium (no more than 60 employees): Bedford Candies
Large (61 or more employees): Donahoe Manor
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Gary Black, NBC
INNOVATION AWARD: Soaring Eagle Productions
PROPERTY IMPROVEMENT AWARD: Pigeon Hill Studios
HERITAGE PRESERVATION AWARD: Broad Top Coal Miners Museum
EMPLOYER COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Thomas Chevrolet Subaru
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION: Federated Library System of Bedford County
EXCELLENCE IN AGRI-BUSINESS AWARD: Bison Corral
SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Helen Sickle
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD: Clark Contracting
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AWARD: REI
EXCELLENCE IN TOURISM: Bedford County Fair
ATHENA AWARD: Honoree to be announced November 15th