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Weirton Chamber celebrates success in business community

Craig Howell BANQUET — The Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday night, celebrated the accomplishments of the local business community in recent years as part of its 85th membership meeting and awards banquet. The event saw close to 200 representatives of local businesses gather at T. Kosciuszko Hall: Home of Giometti Catering in Weirton.

WEIRTON — It was an evening to reflect on the past, look toward the future and show appreciation for those who have stepped forward in support of the local business community.

The Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 85th membership meeting and awards banquet Tuesday, offering a night of networking, fellowship and fun.

“The chamber has marked 86 proud years, emphasizing a proud past and a vibrant future,” President Brenda Mull noted in welcoming the almost 200 guests gathered at the T. Kosciuszko Hall: Home of Giometti Catering.

Mull noted while the business community has faced many obstacles over the last two years, growth and opportunities are continuing. The same goes for the chamber, she said, explaining 28 businesses joined as new members in the last year, and membership has continued to grow so far in 2022.

“You’re in business to grow and be successful,” she said. “We’re in business to help you do just that.”

As part of the evening, the chamber recognized several businesses for their longevity, including Assure America and Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home with 100 years each; Newbrough Photo and the City of Weirton with 75 years; Hancock County School Employees Credit Union and West Virginia Northern Community College with 50 years; with a special recognition to Best You Boutique for completing its first year in business.

Barbara Barkley also was recognized for her service to the chamber’s board of directors after completing 12 years.

Sponsors for the evening included Trinity Health System; Hancock County Savings Bank; Southwestern Energy; Summer’s Enterprise LLC; Eastern Gateway Community College; Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley; West Virginia Northern Community College; Franciscan University of Steubenville; Frontier Group of Companies; Giometti Catering; Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort; and The Ridgefield Group.

Mull also announced some of the programs and events still to come for the year, including the Dr. Barbara A. Matey High School Business Symposium, the Christmas in July Golf Scramble and Christmas in July Citywide Sidewalk Sale, the Weirton Christmas Parade and the community Christmas light displays, as well as the Cash Mob and Munch and Mingle activities.

“Everything we do revolves around the help we get from our volunteers,” Mull said, while also recognizing members of the board of directors and the chamber’s various committees. “They get things done because we all work together.”

Joyia Lytle, chair of the board, offered thanks to Mull and Stephanie O’Brien, the chamber’s members services and programs coordinator, for their work over the last two years, saying their efforts have been the guiding force to keep the chamber going in a positive direction.

“We’re not walking against the current anymore,” Lytle said. “The current is going with us.”

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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