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Seventeen nominated for 17th Annual Prism AwardsSeventeen businesses, organizations and citizens have been nominated for 2010 Prism Awards honoring excellence, according to Sarah Beavers, executive director of the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce.

The 17 will be honored at the chamber’s Prism Awards banquet on Wednesday, March 24, 6:00 pm at Sunrise Park & Banquet Center. Chrys Peterson, WTOL-TV anchor, will emcee the 17th annual event.

Three of this year’s nominees have won Prisms in the past. They are St Charles Mercy Hospital in 1997 and 2008; Bay Park Community Hospital in 2004 and AA Boos in 2003.

In 16 years, 109 Prisms have been awarded. This year’s award is designed by glass artist Shawn Messenger

The awards honor good business practices such as teamwork, product quality, customer service, community involvement, innovation and safety.

Last year’s winners were: BP-Husky Refining, Color Guard and Rifle Squad, Food for Thought, Penta Career Center, Riverview Industries and Terry Breymaier, person of the year.

For ticket information, call Sarah Beavers at 419-693-5580.

Opportunity knocks
Sarah Beavers has rejoined the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce, this time as its executive director, replacing Deb Warnke, who retired at the end of the year..

Beavers was program coordinator from 2004 to 2007, when her position was eliminated as a cost saving measure. She most recently worked for Woodforest National Bank located within the Wal-Mart Super Center on Navarre.

Her goal is to meet with members and eventually increase membership.

She is a 1996 Clay grad and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Toledo. She is married with three children and resides in Oregon.

The chamber’s hours are Monday thru Thursday 9:00am to 3:00 and Friday, 9:00 to Noon. Call 419-693-5580.


Gold stars
The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce has been awarded 5-Star accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce. The recognition is for sound policies, effective organizational procedures and having a positive effect on the community.

The 5-Star rating is the top of three ratings given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Schools & skills
Lucas County Workforce Development and The Source Northwest Ohio will present a workshop entitled “Start Your Own Business!” at The Source, 1301 Monroe Street, on Wednesday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Presenters are from the Toledo business community and government agencies, including BNI, FranNet, George Gerken – Attorney at Law, The Huntington, John Hancock Financial Services, Northwestern Mutual, SCORE, The Ohio Secretary of State, The Ohio Treasurer, Padgett Business Services, and The Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce/Small Business Administration.

Topics to be covered include: Is Owning a Business Right for You?; Research and Development; Financing Realities; Networking as a Marketing Strategy; Laws Affecting Small Businesses; Human Resource Issues; and Where to Get Help.

The Workshop will also offer the opportunity for those who are contemplating opening their own business to meet with a SCORE counselor and attend a Resource Fair at the conclusion of the workshop.

The event is free although reservations are required. Call 419-213-6316.
 

At the clubs
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, March 19, 7:15 am at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Call 419-693-9999.

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