The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 21st annual Business and Community Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, October 18 at the Pekin Country Club. The chamber’s Member First Committee coordinated the luncheon, which was sponsored by Homefield/Vistra Energy, Pekin Insurance, Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts, The Greenhouse Flower Shoppe, and UnityPoint Health.
You can see pictures of al of the award winners at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pAu4e1qqbV3FwRKGA
Recognition was given to twenty-nine 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.
The speaker at the luncheon was Bob Linsley, co-owner of Lindy’s Market in Washington, IL. He told the story of their family-run grocery store and how it continues to grow and expand in the extremely competitive grocery industry.
Chamber Board President Scott Kriegsman closed the program by thanking the audience for their support and their recognition of the accomplishments of others. He noted the importance of the local chamber and the 125 year history of the business community working together and supporting each other.
The twenty-nine businesses and organizations recognized for their achievements in the past year were:
· Associated Bank
· AT&T Prime Communications
· BodyWealth Massage
· Center for Prevention of Abuse
· Classy Girl Boutique.
· Debbie Fornoff Interior Design and Draperies
· First Pekin Savings Bank
· Good Shepherd Lutheran School
· Holiday Inn Express
· Inspired Style Salon & Boutique
· Jake’s Place Barbershop
· Lucky Spirits Gaming
· Mid-Illini Auto Center
· Pekin Animal Hospital
· Pekin Country Club
· Pekin Grace United Methodist Church
· Pekin Insurance
· Pekin Moose Lodge #916
· Public Library
· Planet Fitness of Pekin
· Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory LLC
· Professional Therapy Services
· Tazewell County Farm Bureau
· UnityPoint Health
· Unland Companies
· U.S. Cellular
· West Dublin Pub
· YWCA Pekin