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Finalists Announced for the 15th Annual Washington County Business Awards

Hagerstown, MD - The Washington County Business Awards Committee is proud to announce the finalists for their 15th Annual "Academy Awards" style-event which will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at the Hager Hall Conference and Event Center in Hagerstown, Maryland.

This event is co-hosted by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Washington County Department of Business Development 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.  Pieter Bickford will again emcee the program, and Robert Strong, The Comedy Magician will entertain the audience prior to the awards portion of 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 is $55 per person, and tables of 10 are available for $550.

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

At Your Service:

Awarded to a Washington County retail or service business for undertaking actions that generates customer loyalty and satisfaction.

  • Bella Salon & Spa
  • BJ’s Custom Creations Embroidery Services, Inc.
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs

Going Green Award:

Awarded to a Washington County business that integrates environmentally friendly operating practices and procedures.

  • Habitat ReStore
  • Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Grill
  • Hub Labels, 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.

  • Antietam Cable Television
  • FedEx Ground
  • HM (Herald Mail) Media

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 service quality, job creation, innovation, strong community involvement, high standard in business practice, commitment to Washington County and the community.

  • Leitersburg Cinemas
  • Spherion
  • Wetsuit Wearhouse

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.

  • Elite Imageworks
  • Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
  • Washington County Public Schools

Non-Profit Award:

Recognizes and honors a 501c3 organization with a Washington County based Board of Directors that provides exemplary services and/or programs. The recipient receives an unrestricted grant of $1,000, made possible by the Community Foundation of Washington County, Maryland.

  • Community Free Clinic
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Hospice of Washington County, 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.

  • Clarence E. Horst – Coldwell Banker Innovations
  • Gaye E. McGovern – Gaye McGovern Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Jeanne F. Singer – The Law Offices of Jeanne F. Singer, P.A.

About the Chamber

Dating back to 1919, the vision of the Chamber is to be the preferred advocate and recognized voice of business in the greater Hagerstown-Washington County area. We connect our member businesses to each other and to the community, organizing events and providing tools that they use to grow their business. We strive to be a go-to resource for the business community for questions, concerns, education and advice.

For more information, visit www.hagerstown.org.

About Washington County, Maryland Government

Washington County, Maryland Government strives to fulfill its duty to the citizens of Washington County with regard to operational efficiency, fiscal responsibility, and responsiveness to the needs of the community. This vision is used to ably assist the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County in achieving goals for moving the County forward as present needs and future plans are addressed.

According to the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, the Washington County General Fund has one of the lowest costs per capita for services provided of all 23 counties and Baltimore City. This is attributed to the efficiency, staffing levels, and cost containment exhibited in Washington County Government operations. Visit http://www.washco-md.net for more information.

 

 

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