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Chamber seeks nominees for 21th Annual Prism Awards
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce seeks applications for its 21st annual Prism Awards, which honor excellence in this area’s businesses and organizations.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 28.

The award categories include:
•General Excellence Award-- Given to businesses of any size based on excellent performance;

•Silver Award-- Recognizes companies that have been in operation for at least 25 years;

•Newcomer Award--Recognizes excellence in businesses in operation for five years or less;

•Non-Profit of the Year Award-- Recognizes community based non-profits and volunteer organizations;

•Small Business of the Year Award—Businesses with 25 employees or less are eligible;

•Person of the Year--The purpose of this award is to identify, honor and reinforce the activities of exceptional caring citizens whose service or performance positively contributes to the quality of life in the Eastern Maumee Bay region;

•Young Person of the Year—Given to an exceptional person 22 years of age and younger.

The nominees will be honored at a banquet to be held at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center Wednesday, Mar. 12.  Paul Toth, president of the Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority will be the keynote speaker.

The program is open to all businesses located in an area encompassed by East Toledo on the west, Oregon on the north, Oak Harbor on the east and Gibsonburg on the south.

If you have a business you would like to nominate call chamber director Sarah Beavers at 419-693-5580 or email her at director @embchamber.org.


At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host a school forum Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:30 a.m. at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital.

Representatives from Oregon, Northwood, Lake, Toledo and Kateri Catholic Schools will speak.

Cost is $5 for the continental breakfast. RSVP to 419-693-5580

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Marge Brown will speak on Thursday, Feb. 20 about her 20-year quest to set foot in all 3,143 counties, parishes or equivalent political subdivisions in the United States. The event will be held at the East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White Street and begin at 12:30 p.m.

The former mayor of Oregon and Lenny Fetterman completed the feat last year. The two belong to the Extra Miler Club.

The talk, sponsored by the East Toledo Club,  is open to the public. RSVP to Jodi at 419-691-1429, ext 213.

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Kevin Moyer, executive director of energy efficiency and alternative energy programs at the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, will speak to members of The Oregon Economic Development Foundation, Friday Feb. 21, 7:30 a.m. at Mercy St. Charles Hospital. For more info, call 419-693-9999.


Opportunity knocks
Jaci Hays, has joined State Bank as a Mortgage Loan Originator for Toledo and the surrounding areas. 

Hays is a business graduate with over 18 years experience in mortgage lending. She is a member of the Toledo Board of Realtors, Mortgage Bankers Association and Home Builders Association.

State Bank has two local offices, one in Walbridge and one in Luckey.


On the boards
Michael Gibbons, president and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures Inc., was elected chairman of the board of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

The foundation is the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association. One of its initiatives, the ProStart program, is a career-building high school program that reaches more than 95,000 students at 1,900 high schools in 48 states, Guam and U.S. military bases. For 15 years, ProStart has provided high school students with training  and given more than $14 million in scholarships for students and educators since 1997.

Mainstreet Ventures is based in Ann Arbor. Local restaurants are: Real Seafood Company, Zia’s, Ciao! and Revolution Grille.


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