BEATRICE – The Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce awarded honors to nine individuals, businesses and non-profits today, at their annual Member Awards Luncheon held at the Holiday Inn Express.
Business of the Year – Diode Communications
New Business of the Year – Scooter’s Coffee
Young Professionals of the Year – Craig Zarybnicky of Homestead Land Company and Samantha Thompson of Griffiths-Hovendick Chapels
Business Person of the Year – Rich Daubendiek, of Rewound Power Motors
Non-Profit Business of the Year – The Beatrice Humane Society
Best New Image Award – Ed Easley of State Farm Insurance
Chamber Volunteer-of-the-Year – Shirleen Fritz
Member Employee Recognition – Floice Meyer, of Mosaic
Chamber Board Chairman Jim Nelson thanked organizations for teaming up together to put on successful events around the full solar eclipse that happened, in August.
Nelson says local officials are always looking for new ways and suggestions, about how to better market the local area.
Guest Speaker for the lunch was Doug Meyer, an auto dealership owner in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, who’s written a book entitled, “Selling in Your Town”.
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Meyer owns dealerships in Auburn, Nebraska…Shenandoah, Iowa and Maryville, Missouri. He says one way local businesses can attract more customers is by expanding hours for convenience to customers.
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Meyer’s book includes chapters on setting the right price, service after the sale, business facilities, employee attitude, involvement in the community, effective local advertising with newspaper and radio, the need for a website, getting to know your customers and determining who you are selling to.
More than 20 businesses or individuals were nominated for chamber awards.