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Poor Boys Produce takes small business of the year award

By Patrick Ford

patrick@southwesttimes.com

Thursday, Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce celebrated Pulaski County Businesses at the 2021 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Facing the Future Together”. The message given by many speakers throughout the evening was that the last year proved that no business can grow alone and our success depends on the partnerships with other local businesses and organizations.

Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff were pleased to have this year’s annual event in person again after being a virtual event in 2020 due to health and safety guidelines. The event was held at the beautiful Omni Place in Fairlawn, Virginia and was catered by the friendly staff of Professional Catering. Both businesses are members of the Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Shannon Collins and Blake Le won big Thursday night at the chamber of commerce awards. Their store, Poor Boys Produce won small business of the year. Other nominees included Southern Harts Boutique, and Thornspring Pastures.

The T.G. Howard Center came home with the Non-profit Excellence Award, Debbie Gardner of Thee Draper Village won the Business Executive Award, and Martin’s Pharmacy won the Community Champion Award.

The night also saw the swearing in of the new president of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Bill Cunningham, who closed the evening encouraging members to grow their business by being an active part of the Chamber. “Moving into 2022, we will redefine the Chamber, giving our members the tools to collaborate, empower and achieve. We want you to be part of the process.”

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