Plans in Place for Chamber Annual Meeting

By: Joshua Sampson, Staff Writer

It’s time again for the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, which will host an award ceremony and other activities.  The event is taking place at 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 at Boyne Mountain, and admission is $25 unless attendees buy their tickets before Jan. 1, when the price for tickets will be $20.

Rob Swartz swears in the new 2010 Board Members at the 2010 meeting. (Photo: C. Faulknor/BC Gazette)

“People should come out and support the event to be informed of the community,” said Tony Williams  of Freshwater Studios.

200 businesses and civic leaders from around Boyne City are expected to attend to witness people awarded for their achievements over the past year.  The event starts at 5 p.m. with a social hour and it will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, moving later to the awards ceremony.  A silent auction will also take place and other highlights include an introduction by Boyne Area Chamber members and a VIP section of the audience.

“It is a very upbeat event, honoring the business leaders who have done good things for the community,” said Jim Baumann, Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “We also have people who come and tell success stories about the good done over the year.”

Last year, winners included Karen Guzencik who won the “Volunteer of the Year” award for operating Stroll the Streets and Chris Faulknor who won the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award.  Other winners included Glen Catt, winner of the Sally Roselli Business Leadership award for establishing One Water Street.  “The award went to Glen Catt for having the foresight and confidence to put in One Water Street despite the recession,” said Baumann.

The Eagles and The American Legion, along with other non-profit organizations, won awards for their heavy contribution to a Boyne City landmark.  “The Community Pride Award went to the committee that organized and paid for the Veteran’s Memorial last year,” said Baumann.  The awards and nominations will be decided by an online survey sent by e-mail which asked people who they thought should be honored at the ceremony.

“It provides us with the input we need, and it really guides us in our decision,” Baumann said.

The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce is currently preparing to send out the e-mail survey to the 1,400 hundred people on its email list.  Tony Williams, last year’s winner of the “Entrepreneur of the Year,” said the event is great and it signifies what a good community is.  “It keeps the buzz flowing in the community about new businesses or things going on that people didn’t know about,” he said.

Boyne businesses can promote themselves by donating an auction item or becoming a sponsor for the event.

If interested, contact the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at jim@boynechamber.com, or call (231) 582-6222.

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