Chambers show commitment to area businesses

We’re fortunate to have several chambers of commerce working to improve the business climate throughout the region and helping to promote our local communities.

Two of those organizations — the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce — showed their commitment to the region is strong when they held their annual dinners.

Today’s chamber dinners offer more than just reports on the accomplishments of the past year — they also serve as a platform to recognize longtime members for their service to the community while encouraging newer businesses to become involved and stay involved.

When the Weirton chamber held its 83rd dinner on March 26 at Mountaineer Race Track, Casino and Resort, 22 businesses were honored for reaching landmark anniversaries that ranged between 10 and 120 years. That list included Hancock County Savings Bank, which has served the region for 120 years.

Winners in four new categories were recognized, including the Chamber All-Star Award, which went to Jonathan Beynon; the Rising Star Award, which went to Be Spa, Salon and Yoga; the Proven Success Award, which went to Gus’s Goodies; and the Best Hang Out Award, which went to Theo Yanni’s.

The Wellsburg chamber, meanwhile, on April 6 recognized Drovers Inn and its owner, Mark Cooper, as business of the year, and Norman Schwertfeger as the citizen of the year.

Each of the award winners at both events has demonstrated a commitment to the region, and a willingness to put customers and their constituents first. Their accomplishments can best be summed up Barb Barkley, president of the Weirton chamber board, who said, “If you give of yourself, you will get something in return.”

Congratulations due, then, to each award winner, and to Brenda Mull, president of the Weirton chamber; Luke Diserio, president of the Wellsburg chamber; those who serve on their boards and, most important, the chamber members.

Their focus on individuals and businesses that do much to make the area a liveable, vital community, are a welcome effort.