GAMBIER — “Through your efforts, the Knox County Chamber of Commerce had an outstanding year and is set for an even better year in 2014,” said outgoing chairman of the board Korey Kidwell. He addressed a crowd of 292 guests Friday evening for the Chamber’s 98th annual dinner and awards ceremony at Peirce Hall on the Kenyon College campus.
Kidwell boasted of a 4 percent increase in membership during 2013, one of the best years ever experienced by the chamber, he said.
Kidwell passed the gavel of authority on to new board chairman for 2014, Pat McLarnan.
“This is a night of celebration and to reflect,” said McLarnan. “There are a lot of initiatives we want to undertake.” McLarnan outlined three goals for the Chamber in 2014:
•Continue to re-energize the Ambassador Program and take it to the next level;
•Continue to shine a bright light on the local home-based businesses; and
•The creation of a media package to allow effective advertising for businesses where it is not always possible.
Opening the festivities for the evening was Chamber Executive Director Carol Grubaugh who recognized numerous volunteers, corporate sponsors and her staff for the hard work they have done in 2013.
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