Chamber of Commerce to award Maryville leaders at banquet

Business Editor

The Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet is set for the evening of Jan. 21, at the J.W. Jones Student Union in the Tower View Room on the Northwest Missouri State University campus.

The annual banquet includes a meal, and address from Melanie Smith, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, and the announcement of the 2014 board of directors. 

“The Annual Banquet each year allows all of the chamber members to come together for fellowship and networking while honoring those people and businesses who have made an impact in our community,” Smith said. “It gives us a chance to look back at all we have accomplished in the last year and to look toward the coming year and start thinking about how we can make a difference in the future.”

The 2013 Chamber Awards, for which the chamber received nominations earlier this month, will also be presented.

“We have had lots of nominations this year and they are all very worthy candidates,” Smith said. “It will be exciting to see who the board selects to receive these honors.”

The Distinguished Service award will be given to an individual has shown leadership in improving the community through exemplary service in non-profit, civic or charitable organizations.

The Spearhead Award will go to an individual supported the chamber through committee participation and business/chamber partnerships. This person must have assisted in reaching chamber goals and served as an example of excellence in the business community.

The Chamber Business of the Year will be awarded to a chamber-member business that has demonstrated leadership and drive, through both their collective business and individual employees, making the business a leader in our community. This business must exhibit consistent support of chamber and contributions toward the welfare of the community.

The Community Service Award will be given to a service organization that sponsored a community service project that benefited those in need and/or implemented a program having a long-lasting value and impact on the community.

The Good Citizen Award will go to who has displayed exceptional dedication to the improvement and betterment of the Maryville area.

The Chamber asks that all banquet RSVPs are submitted by 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16. Interested business and individuals can RSVP online at or by phone at (660) 582-8643.