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Finalists Announced for the Thirteenth Annual Washington County, MD Business Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hagerstown, MD (December 6, 2011) – The Washington County Business Awards Committee is proud to announce the finalists for their Thirteenth Annual “Academy Awards” style-event which will be held on Wednesday, February 29th at the Hager Hall Grand Ballroom in Hagerstown, Maryland.

This event is co-hosted by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission and is one of the most anticipated events of the season!

The black-tie optional event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:00 p.m. followed by a banquet dinner at 6:15 p.m.  WHAG’s Pieter Bickford will again emcee the program.  Comedian David Ferrell will entertain the audience prior to the awards portion of the evening, and some additional surprises will be thrown in throughout the evening.

Reservations can be made in advance by visiting www.hagerstown.org or by contacting the Chamber of Commerce at 301-739-2015, ext. 100, or by e-mail at chamber@hagerstown.org.  The reception, dinner, entertainment, and awards ceremony costs $50 per person. Tables of 10 are available for $500.

The award finalists, selected from a pool of more 125 nominees are listed below in alphabetical order:

At Your Service…Awarded to a Washington County retail or service business for undertaking actions that generates customer loyalty and satisfaction.
• Courtyard by Marriott-Hagerstown
• Innovative, Inc.
• Leiters’ Fine Catering, Inc.

Large Business of the Year Award (50+ employees)…Awarded to a Washington County business that has demonstrated any or all of the following: product or service quality, job creation, innovation, strong community involvement, high standard in business practice, commitment to Washington County and the community and who has established a successful business in Washington County.
• Potomac Edison, a FirstEnergy Company
• Thompson Gas & Electric Service
• Volvo Powertrain North America

Leading Edge Award…Awarded to a Washington County business that leverages technology to advance their organization.  This may be an innovative use of an existing technology, a new invention offered for sale, or creating or developing a significant advancement that serves as an inspiration for future progress.

• Atlantic Security Systems, Inc.

• Bergman Eye Center

• Creek Bound Farms

Non-Profit Impact Award…Recognizes and honors a 501c3 organization that improves the lives of those it serves.  The recipient receives an unrestricted grant of $1,000, made possible by the Community Foundation of Washington County, MD.  Eligible companies must be recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 organization and staff an office in Washington County.

• Girls, Inc.
• United Way of Washington County
• Washington County Community Action Council
Small Business of the Year Award (below 50 employees)…Awarded to a Washington County business that has demonstrated any or all of the following: product or serve quality, job creation, innovation, strong community involvement, high standard in business practice, commitment to Washington County and the community and who has established a successful business in Washington.
• Hub Scrap Metals
• Misty Meadow Farm
• Power Marketing & Advertising, Inc.

Washington Co. Business Person of the Year…Awarded to a Washington County business person who, during the last year, has demonstrated excellence in business, enhanced the image of the business community and/or has provided superior service to business and the community as a whole.
• Richard Daughtridge
• Daniel Pheil
• Jeffrey Semler

For more information about the 2012 Washington County Business Awards, please visit: http://www.hagerstown.org/wcba/

CONTACT:
Brien Poffenberger, President, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 301-739-2015, ext. 102
Email: brien@hagerstown.org
 
Tim Troxell, Executive Director, Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission
Phone:   240-313-2280
Email: ttroxell@hagerstownedc.org

Jim Miller, Event Chair
Phone:   301-733-6620
Email: jmiller@afterfiveproductions.com

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