Heart of Wisconsin chamber recognizes local community advocates
By City Times staff
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce held their 72nd annual meeting on March 4 and recognized area businesses and individuals for their commitment to the community.
The honor was given to Alicia Guldan of Door 212. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer spirits and made a significant impact in the community.
The Champion awards went to Lee Chipman going “above and beyond to assist the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce with promotion, events, and support.”
Ambassador of the Year
Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Bob McIlvain, who has been involved with the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce for over 45 years. This award is voted on by the Ambassador Group.
Shining Star/Non-Profit of the Year
Small Business Development Center at UWSP received the honor for its development of “innovative programs and services to adapt to the changing community needs. They additionally give strong leadership and resources to help local partners. They continue to grow communications and collaborations on many levels with local partners and the business community.”
Citizen of the Year
Dave Engel was named citizen of the year for his contribution and participation in community activities that promote the community, residents, businesses, civic enhancement, or educational facilities.
Entrepreneur/Developer of the Year
Kathi Havitz of Chat-R-Box Restaurant & Catering was recognized as a local entrepreneur that has shown growth, development, involvement, and leadership.
Regional Economic Impact of the Year
Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa was awarded for playing “a significant role in growth in the community” by leading initiatives to help drive recreation, education, and economic development.
Innovative Business of the Year
Northward Peddle & Paddle was honored for developing a unique business, making recreation a priority while attracting people to the community.
Business of the Year
Kwik Trip was recognized for their economic impact/employment growth, facility expansion, customer service, community service, and leadership.