The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce held its 106th Annual Meeting and Community Awards this afternoon. This year the Chamber used a hybrid model for the celebration, with sponsors, board members, and award recipients attending in-person at the Monroe County Convention Center and Chamber members participating virtually.
The Chamber recognized several honorees during the awards portion of the event. The 2021 Community Award honorees included:
New Business of the Year – Switchyard Brewing Company
Lloyd Olcott Community Service Award – Bethany Penrod, Middle Way House
Success School Golden Key Award – Jerry Hays, Owen County State Bank
Nancy Howard Diversity Award – Big Brothers Big Sisters South Central Indiana
Community Anchor Award – Downtown Bloomington, Inc.
Morgan Hutton Visionary Award – Jane Kupersmith, City of Bloomington
Diane Breeden-Lee Catalyst Award – Emily Pike, New Hope for Families
Lifetime Achievement Award – Melanie Walker, TASUS and Mick Renneisen, City of Bloomington
Chamber Ambassador of the Year – Pamela Boswell-Dike
The Chamber would like to extend a special thank you to the event and table sponsors of the Annual Meeting. Event sponsors included Cook Group, Indiana University – Government Relations and Economic Engagement, IU Health Bloomington, Markey’s Rental & Staging, Duke Energy, German American Bank, The Herald Times, BKD CPA’s & Advisors, Bloomington Health Foundation, Building Associates, Inc., Bunger & Robertson, Cassady Electrical Contractors, The City of Bloomington, Hoosier Energy, IU Credit Union, Nature’s Way, the Monroe County YMCA, Baxter BioPharma Solutions, Bill C. Brown Associates, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Blue & Co., CFC Properties, Choice Realty, Community Foundation, F.C. Tucker/Bloomington Realtors, First Financial Bank, Hurlow Wealth Management, ISU/The May Agency, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, Mallor Grodner, Owen County State Bank, Peoples State Bank, ProBleu, RE/MAX Acclaimed Properties, and Smithville.
The Chamber would also like to recognize Elite and Chairman members, who have chosen to invest further in the Chamber: Cook Group, IU Credit Union, IU Health Bloomington, Catalent Biologics, First Financial Bank, Indiana University – Government Relations and Economic Engagement, and Old National Bank.
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