The Mattoon Chamber of Commerce will be holding our Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2017 at the Mattoon Golf & Country Club located at 6700 North Country Club Road. The Country Club has hosted our event for the past two years and we look forward to being the first event in their newly renovated facility. The theme for this year's event is "Mattoon Strong" and as part of the program we will have Zach Smith, a local Mattoon High School student, provide our entertainment as a highly skilled pianist.
During our Annual Dinner we take time to recognize our retiring Board of Director members. These Board members have volunteered their time and talents in helping local Chamber businesses and ultimately the entire community of Mattoon succeed. This year we will recognize Katrina Butler from Dick Butler & Associates, our Past President, Dan Hoelscher from the Upchurch Group, our former Second Vice President, Mark Elliot from Mark's My Store, and Jeff Boldig from Meadowview Golf Course.
One of the keys to the Chamber Annual Dinner is the presentation of the Citizen of the Year award. Since 1959 the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce has had the distinct pleasure of awarding a Citizen of the Year to an individual/individuals, who the Chamber and the community recognize as a contributor to the betterment of life in the City of Mattoon, who has dedicated time, talent and energy in service to the residents of the Mattoon area. In order to find the best and most deserving recipient of this prestigious Citizen of the Year award, the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce goes to the membership and the general public for nominees. This year we have had numerous nominations for the Citizen of the Year and we will be revealing the name of the worthy recipient the evening of our Annual Dinner.
The Chamber has created a new award, Small Business of the Year. The Mattoon economy is dependent on small business to thrive and prosper. Small businesses contribute to our local economy by bringing growth and innovation to the community. Small businesses attract talent who invent new products or implement new solutions for existing ideas. Larger businesses often benefit from small businesses within the local community, as many large corporations depend on small businesses for the completion of various business functions through outsourcing. Small businesses also invest and volunteer in the community's social service agencies, civic functions and events. The Chamber was excited to see numerous submissions for Small Business of the Year from multiple members of the community. The committee in charge of picking the first recipient of the award had a challenging task since there were so many worthy businesses nominated. We will unveil the winning business the evening of our dinner.
If you have any questions about the Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet you can contact us at 217-235-5661.