Recognition was given to thirty-one area businesses and organizations in several different categories: new ownership or management; new business or building; additional employees; major retraining effort; new technology or major equipment investment; other business improvements; and, community involvement.
Pictures of the award winners are available at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber
The speaker at the luncheon was Dave Alwan, owner of Echo Valley Meats. He has appeared twice on the ABC TV show, Shark Tank.
Alwan told the audience his personal, inspirational story of his entrepreneurial journey. He believes “you get what you work for, not what you wish for.”
Chamber Board President Gregg Ratliff closed the program by thanking the audience for their support and their recognition of the accomplishments of others. He noted the importance of small businesses, like Echo Valley Meats. They are the backbone and job creators of local economies.
The thirty-one businesses and organizations recognized for their achievements in the past year were:
· Artistic Community Theatre
· Blissful Images
· Command Center, Inc.
· Cosmetic Skin Center of Central Illinois
· Debbie Fornoff Interior Design & Draperies
· Farmers Insurance – Tatlock Agency
· First State Bank of Illinois
· Hallmark House Nursing Center
· Hopedale Medical Complex
· Illinois American Water – Pekin
· Jim Maloof Realtors – Pekin
· Leman Property Management Company
· OSF IPMR
· Pekin Animal Hospital
· Pekin Community Bank
· Pekin Community High School
· Pekin Hospital
· Pekin Insurance
· Pekin Park District Miller Center
· Pekin Public Library
· Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts
· Plastic Addicts Disc Golf Supplies
· Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLC
· Rogy’s Child Care
· Service Master of Central Illinois
· South Side Bank
· TCRC, Inc.
· The Mattress Doctor
· The Salvation Army of Pekin
· Wolf, Tesar & Company, P.C.