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Chamber Announces 2023 Award Nominees

The Chamber will honor one award recipient in each category at its annual dinner at Frosty Valley Resort on February 8, 2023.

The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the nominees for the organization’s 2023 Annual Awards. The awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting. This year’s event is the 82nd for the organization and will be held at the Frosty Valley Resort on February 8th at 5:00 p.m.

This meeting provides an opportunity to recognize organizations and individuals for their extraordinary efforts in serving the community throughout the year. The Chamber will present five awards: Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Community Progress Award, and the Outstanding Citizen Award.

The Outstanding Citizen Award, the longest-tenured award, was first presented in 1970. The organization added the Small Business of the Year, the Large Business of the Year, and the Community Progress Award in 2011.  The Nonprofit of the Year was first introduced in 2020.

Criteria for the awards are as follows:

Businesses with less than 30 employees that have demonstrated business leadership as evidenced by diversification and creativity in the development of new products, services, and/or markets, and who have demonstrated staying power, positive response to adversity, and community involvement are eligible for the Small Business Award. Businesses which meet the same stringent criteria and have more than 31 employees are eligible for the Large Business Award.

501(c)3 organizations with fewer than 100 employees that have met the requirements of the business of the year award and have also demonstrated aid to the community through personal and/or business resources, leadership, or support of community projects or other board participation are eligible for the Chamber’s annual Nonprofit Award.

Organizations that improve the internal/external appearance of a commercial property through new construction, renovation/restoration, or remodeling and have completed construction within the last three calendar years qualify for the Chamber’s Community Progress Award. 

Individuals who are employees or volunteers of a member of the Chamber and are involved in civic activities beneficial to the Columbia-Montour region and project a positive community image are eligible for the Chamber’s highest individual recognition, the Outstanding Citizen Award. 

Nominees for the 2023 Annual Awards are as follows:

Nonprofit of the Year – Sponsored by PNC Bank

  • The Good Samaritan Mission – Danville, PA
  • Community Giving Foundation – Berwick, PA
  • Hand in Hand Family Resource Center – Berwick, PA
  • Bloomsburg Children’s Museum – Bloomsburg, PA
  • Central Susquehanna Opportunities – Shamokin, PA

Community Progress Award – Sponsored by World Kinect Energy & My Benefit Advisor

  • Lions Gate – Bloomsburg, PA
  • Bason Coffee & More – Danville, PA
  • Elmdale Inn Bed & Breakfast – Bloomsburg, PA

Outstanding Citizen – Sponsored by B.I.D.A.

  • Rachel Shaffer, Bloomsburg University, Columbia County Historical & Genealogical Society
  • Harry Mathias, Mathias Educational Leadership Consulting, LLC

Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by First Columbia Bank & Trust

  • Shanty Secrets – Danville, PA
  • InnoTek Computer Consulting – Bloomsburg, PA

Large Business of the Year– Sponsored by DRIVE

  • Millville Mutual Insurance – Millville, PA
  • MC Federal Credit Union – Danville, PA

To attend the dinner and awards ceremony in support of these outstanding nominees, register here.


 The mission of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce is to represent local employers in supporting vibrant, sustainable communities in Columbia and Montour counties.

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