Chamber announces awards nominations

PARKERSBURG – The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley has announced the nominees for its annual business awards.

The 2013 Annual Dinner & Awards banquet will be held at the Parkersburg Art Center at 725 Market St. in downtown Parkersburg. Social time and hors d’oeuvres will be from 4:30-6 p.m., the dinner and keynote speaker will be from 6-7:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Jill Parsons, president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, on Friday released the list of three finalists for each of the seven business awards categories.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, for each category are:

New Business of the Year

* Amanda Buckley Photography

* McKinley Carter Wealth Management

* Nostalgia

Curb Appeal / Property Improvement Award

* McKinley properties

* Peoples Bank/Vienna

* WVU-P Downtown Campus

Community Involvement Award

* DuPont Washington Works

* Mother Earth Foods

* WVU-Parkersburg

Family Owned / Home Based Business of the Year

* Conley Fabrication

* Leavitt Funeral Home

* Nutrition Pit

Non-Profit Organization of the Year

* Camden Clark Foundation

* Humane Society of Parkersburg

* I’m Living

Woman / Minority Owned Business of the Year

* Professional Services of America

* Woodridge Golf Course

* WV Social Media

Small Business of the Year

* Biztec

* Comfort Keepers

* WV Social Media

This year’s keynote speaker will be Gregg Gregory, a certified speaking professional from the Washington, D.C., metro area, who will speak on “Navigating Generational Differences in the Workplace.” A buffet dinner will be catered by da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant.

The cost of the event is $50 a person, and interested businesses are encouraged to reserve tables of eight. Current chamber members have been emailed electronic registration forms, but anyone can register by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 304-422-3588. Seating is limited.