At its annual awards banquet last Friday, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce honored several businesses and individuals. A hundred people attended the invitation-only event held for the first time at the newly opened Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) in downtown Cedaredge. Mitchell Gronenthal, chamber president, served as master of ceremonies.
The theme of the event was Oscars' night.
The evening began with the introduction of the current chamber board of directors which, in addition to president Gronenthal, includes Codi Nelson as vice president, Dottie Whitlock as treasurer, and Dave Wilson as secretary. Other directors are Bruce Hovde, Cindy Starr, Jennifer Chlarson, Steve Kelsey, and Matt Sheader. Alisha Komives serves as the chamber's executive director.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber boasts nearly 160 members who nominate businesses and individuals for annual recognition in a variety of categories and vote to select award recipients. 2018 Business of the Year honors went to Big John's Lumber, which has been doing business at the same location for 114 years. The Apple Shed -- another longtime Cedaredge enterprise -- was recognized with an award for Lifetime Business Achievement. The award for New and Improved Business went to Love Your Lashes. Matt and Phil Sheader were honored as Entrepreneurs of the Year for their work with the Old Slaughterhouse Music Hall.
The Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center received honors as Nonprofit of the Year and Reve Portraits was named Small Business of the Year. Cory Nelson of Cedaredge Creekside Café was named Businesswoman of the Year and Mitchell Gronenthal was named Volunteer of the Year.
The Bank of Colorado received an award for its role in local economic impact. David Starr, who served on the chamber board for nine years until his term ended in December 2018, was recognized as Board Member of the Year. And Phil Ellsworth, who was recently honored as the town's poet laureate, was named Cedaredge's Outstanding Citizen for 2018.
Other nominees in each category were:
Business of the Year -- Cedaredge Creekside Café, Cedaredge Land Company, Starr's Guitars, Bank of Colorado, Re/Max Mountain West; Cedaredge Pharmacy, DeerCreek Village Realty and RJ's Land & Sea.
Lifetime Business Achievement Award -- Cedaredge Creekside Café, Starr's Guitars, Bank of Colorado, Cedaredge Foodtown, Re/Max Mountain West and Big John's Lumber.
New & Improved Business -- T's Bar & Grill, Millennium Wellness, Enchanted Mesa Gallery, Stacy's on Main, and the GMAEC.
Entrepreneur of the Year -- Codi Nelson, owner of Cedaredge Creekside Café; Bret Neal, owner of Stoney Mesa Winery; and David and Cindy Starr, owners of Starr's Guitars and Kauai Vacation Rentals and volunteers with GMAEC.
Volunteer of the Year -- Terri LaVue, Bob Page, Dorothy Jean Mergelman, Trey Gronenthal, Dave and Jacki Dapkus, Cindy Starr, Pat Means and Sharon Grotrain.
Nonprofit of the Year -- Little Sprouts Community Preschool, Surface Creek Community Services (Cedaredge Food Bank), Food for Thought, Surface Creek Animal Shelter and Community Options.
Small Business of the Year -- Lost Mesa Grill, Cedaredge Land Company, West Elk Electric, Stacy's on Main and Mesa Rentals.
Businesswoman of the Year -- Deborah Shaffer, GMAEC; Dottie Whitlock, massage therapist; Kacy Stillings, Bank of Colorado; and Cindy Starr, Kauai Vacation Rentals and GMAEC.
Economic Impact Award -- Curtis McCrackin, RV Horizons/MHP, Elevate Fiber; Adaptive Internet, Grand Mesa Packaging and Joshua Patterson.