Many honored at Bridgeport Chamber Annual Banquet
Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce held their 4th Annual Banquet Tuesday night at the Prairie Winds Community Center. Speaker at the event was Megan Hunter, an international speaker and author, she is CEO and founder of a group of companies, including: Life Unhooked, My Conflict Revolution, Unhooked Books and High Conflict Institute Press, and grew up in the area.
Chamber President, Andrew Plummer commented, how much their Chamber membership has grown over the past four years, and they are looking forward to more growth in the future.
Two awards were presented at the banquet, the Rising Star Award which is presented to an organization that has been in business five years or less and has not only started a successful foundation for their business, but gives significant time, resources and services back to the community. This years recipient was Steel Grill Bar 64, which opened in December of 2011, the restaurant employs 30 - 35 company wide employees. They have been involved with the sponsorship of several local evens, donating to post prom, fundraisers, and additional community sponsored events, they have also sponsored local sports teams, generate keno funds as a revenue for the City of Bridgeport, and are individually involved with several committees and boards.
Troy Weborg accepted the award. The other two nominees in this category were Farmers State Bank and Wolf Automotive.
The second award was for person or organization of the year, this award recognizes a person or organization whose philosophy of giving has made a significant impact on Bridgeport's health and well being. This years winner was the Bridgeport News Blade, that was originally established in 1900. It was purchased by John and Bev Erickson and Kevin and Susan Myers in August of 2009. Today, seven people work at "The Blade." The News Blade has been an integral part of the Bridgeport Community since its inception, as their continued coverage of community events has connected several residents and past residents alike. In addition to the countless hours of time they commit to press coverage, they are involved in multiple organizations, including Bridgeport City Council, Bridgeport Economic Development Committee, Bridgeport Planning Committee, and several others. This year, they launched a new interactive website featuring local news and tidbits to connect to its out-of state readers. Accepting the award were Kevin & Susan Myers and Jon Erickson from the News Blade. The two other nominees in this category were Burgerwerx, and 21st Century Equipment.
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