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For the next consecutive year, the Larger Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce has been pressured to scramble a bit in order to current its annual Excellence in Small business Awards plan.

Each periods, the COVID-19 pandemic was liable for the problems, even though this year the chamber was ready to hold the awards at the regular time — in late March — when the firm held a virtual awards ceremony Tuesday evening to announce the winners.

In fact, all those who were recognized experienced been given their awards previously in the thirty day period, with the chamber earning those people displays in-human being and videoing the presentations, which were then integrated in the on line method revealed on the chamber’s YouTube channel Tuesday evening.

“The chamber congratulates all of the winners of our 2021 Excellence in Business enterprise Awards,” reported Randy Collins, president and CEO of the chamber. “The committee experienced a tricky undertaking in examining a large amount of nominees. This team of winners represents the incredibly most effective of our enterprise local community.”

The winners in each and every classification had been:

• Business enterprise Longevity Award —Surry Communications. Integrated in 1951, Surry Communications provided its first dial tone company to 192 members by November of 1954. By 1957, three additional exchanges ended up in assistance, with customers served to much more than 1,100. In the starting, customers used social gathering-line company, with four events for each line. With four exchanges masking the rural parts in Surry and Stokes counties, this corporation experienced six staff members and two service vans headquartered jointly with the electrical cooperative in Dobson. In 1958, direct dial prolonged-distance assistance was launched and by the finish of this ten years the cooperative was serving 1,569 users.

Seventy many years afterwards the firm has expanded to a network that consists of 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable serving additional than 12,230 clients and 1,310 firms in Surry, Stokes and Davidson counties with Net, cellular phone, Television, protection and a lot more.

• Ambassador of the 12 months Award — Robin Edwards. Each and every 12 months the chamber selects one particular ambassador as its Ambassador of the Calendar year. “This year’s award winner is a wonderful alternative. She is focused, hardworking and thinks in what the chamber stands for,” said the presentation notes with the award. “Whenever the Ambassadors obtain, you can come across her there. One particular distinctive support she delivers as an ambassador really demonstrates her enthusiasm. When she visits her assigned users, she will generally carry a goodie bag, loaded with very little gifts and candy. This sort of support to chamber users (that she did on her very own) would make them truly feel excellent about the business.”

• Administrative Qualified of the Year Award — Debbie Benge, who serves as government assistant to the Government Vice President and Standard Manager Greg Puckett, as effectively as the board of administrators, for Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation.

”One of her finest strengths is her capacity to adapt to any condition and consider promptly and efficiently to resolve any dilemma thrown her way,” explained the presentation notes of her award. “She remains tranquil via any problem, whether it be key outages, board meetings, or other jobs that need to have to be done at once…She is usually much more than keen to assistance her coworkers in distinct departments complete what ever the job may perhaps be for the cooperative. She has a pretty broad ability established and know-how foundation from the diverse roles she has held…”

• Outstanding General public Support Award — Traci George. The presentation notes built deep use of a recent Mount Ethereal News article about George, which outlined how she was dedicated to assisting children and the homeless. She’s finished sizeable work encouraging the homeless domestically, and led other projects that have incorporated aiding sufferers at Brenner Children’s Healthcare facility, assisting to launch a mentoring plan for area learners, leading a marketing campaign to give coats to individuals in require, chairing the March for Toddlers and more.

“Community services has been a part of her life from a extremely younger age. General public service is who she is,” the notes said.

• Excellence in Tourism Award — White Sulphur Springs Wedding and Location.

“One of the difficulties in our region is constrained assembly area and function venues. That modified not too long ago with the addition of a brand name-new location, with an aged name,” the chamber presentation mentioned. Unfold throughout 15 acres White Sulphur Springs resort, with its origins dating again to the 1880s, is now supplying a marriage and celebration location.

“Just minutes from downtown Mount Ethereal, it provides couples and their friends a secluded place to rejoice in the coronary heart of North Carolina wine state. It functions a assortment of party areas, facilities, and accommodations to produce moments whole of magic.“

• Agribusiness of the Yr Award — Spherical Peak Vineyards.

“Agriculture has been a aspect of Surry County for many several years. There are many household and corporate farms continue to working in our area,” the chamber presentation noted.

“A few from Ohio moved to Charlotte in 2000 and loved their new residence. As existence sometimes will take you in a distinct way, the pair finished up moving to California in 2006. When on the West Coast, they fell in really like with visiting vineyards and savoring the good California wines. They primarily liked the compact, family-owned vineyards. In 2008 they experienced the opportunity to return to North Carolina, leave the corporate world and acquire a local winery identified as Spherical Peak Vineyards…In addition to the wine, they develop some good craft beers less than the Skull Camp label. The winery hosts many events and has come to be a popular accumulating area for locals and travellers.”

• Small business and Education and learning Companion Award —Northern Regional Healthcare facility.

“Listed as the third major employer in Surry County, it is no surprise that this firm is closely involved in furnishing unique instructional opportunities to our community’s youth,” the chamber said. “In addition to supporting profession and complex scholar companies these kinds of as HOSA, they have a extensive historical past of giving occupation shadowing, medical hrs, certifications, internships and pre-apprenticeships. Wellness science learners have experienced direct call with personnel and administration by class visits, distinctive functions and regional competitions. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has altered quite a few of these routines for the time remaining, they remain fully commited to fostering local talent via employment alternatives and the introduction of new scholarships.”

• Duke Electrical power Citizenship & Support Award — The Surry Sunrise Rotary Club.

This team has been associated in numerous tasks above the several years, listed here are just a couple of: Feeding the Hungry through School Backpack Courses funding devices for community firefighters, law enforcement and rescue staff blood drives for the American Red Cross finding up litter in the group boosting income for the community schools trick or dealing with family members gatherings at Halloween making a new pet dog park in Mount Airy a Flight for Young ones Pigeon Race and many others.

• Pandemic Management Award — Surry Wellbeing and Nutrition Center was selected as the receiver of this new award additional in 2021.

”It seemed that the entire country mobilized against COVID-19,” the chamber said. “The federal govt began to perform with each and every condition, then in convert every single point out began to manage regional towns, towns and counties to struggle this pandemic…Early on it turned apparent that this was a public well being emergency. Federal governing administration organizations linked with point out departments of wellness. From there it grew to become crystal clear the associates, local wellness departments all over the country would direct the cost. For Surry County that meant the Surry Health and Nutrition Center.

“When the pandemic was upon us, Surry County Overall health and Diet sprang into motion,” submitting informational materials on the web site to teach the public giving regular briefings to the citizens, corporations and businesses on the status of the pandemic coordination of individual protective devices to all teams coordination of products and services to vulnerable populations managing hourly, each day and weekly updates coordination of a significant vaccination plan to hundreds of citizens.

“This was all performed though also performing their typical prolonged checklist of solutions furnished to citizens. The Surry Wellbeing and Diet Center has done at a very significant stage and have gone higher than and further than the connect with of duty throughout a national public well being crisis.”

• Small business of the 12 months Award — Xtreme Marketing and advertising.

“There are many elements that the operator of a small business will have to have to be effective. You have to have a business approach, comprehend profits, finance, human means and so much additional. A single place that effective organizations should grasp is promoting. Our winner of the company of the calendar year knows marketing and advertising, within and out,” the chamber said.

Founded in 2001, Xtreme Advertising is a complete-service marketing and advertising company, supplying style and design, print, automobile wraps, engraving, fabrication, trade show displays, tailor made cars, logistics, manufacturer training, social media answers and a lot more.

”The proprietor of the business experienced a prolonged thriving career in the army and is proud that his business is a qualified veteran owned enterprise. This firm has clients all-around the state that include things like Jack Daniels, Korbel, Charles Schwab, Coca Cola, the PGA Tour and Dell, just to identify a couple,” the chamber claimed.

“When the pandemic hit in March 2020, this firm was one particular of the to start with to pivot to other traces of business enterprise. They produced their very own plastic deal with shield that could be applied by clinical personnel and others to shield them from the virus. They bought numerous of the shields all over the nation but also donated numerous to non-gains and overall health treatment teams in our community. The homeowners have a passion for their business enterprise but also a significant passion for their group.”