Chamber of Commerce hosts annual meeting

Eight businesses honored for 2010 contributions 

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) celebrated its 50th anniversary as it hosted the annual Meeting of the Membership on Friday, Jan. 28. The premier event took place at the headquarters of Wolverine World Wide Inc. in the Geoffrey B. Bloom Auditorium, with more than 100 RCC members in attendance.

Eight RCC businesses were honored during the evening for their contributions in the business arena, along with volunteerism and contributions within the community during 2010. The winners in each category for the Business of Distinction merit awards were:

• Dining/Entertainment: The Corner Bar

• Manufacturing: Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

• New Business: Institute for Neuromuscular Medicine and Rehabilitation

• Quality of Life: Rockford Area Arts Commission

• Retail: Double Take Resale, LLC

• Service: Nance-Martin Accounting Service

There was a tie in the Business of the Year category, with Herman’s Boy Inc. and Fluis Inc. sharing the honor. Both companies attributed their success to the unwavering support of the Rockford community.

Tom Rademacher, author and columnist for The Grand Rapids Press, addressed the attendees as keynote speaker. He entertained the crowd by spinning tales from his vast experience as a writer, earning laughs and sharing lessons.

“This was an incredible way to celebrate our 50th year,” said RCC Executive Director Brenda Davis. “We have a strong chamber due to our membership and the people who contribute so much of their time to make it a success. This includes the board of directors, our staff and the many volunteers

who selflessly give their talents to strengthen the commerce of the Rockford area. It is the vision that our founders had in 1961 and we still carry that same dedication to helping area businesses today.”

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