Last week the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual awards dinner.
It’s always a great event because it’s one of the few occasions when businesses, big and small, from all walks of industry come together to celebrate all the good business going on in Kent. This year was particularly rewarding because there was much to celebrate over these last 12 months.
It was noteworthy right from the start as the venue selected to host the dinner moved from outside Kent to Laziza’s restaurant in downtown Kent. Laziza’s has become Kent’s hot spot for dinner and lunch functions and it lived up to its billing. Great atmosphere, ambiance and food to go along with a great cause — celebrating Kent’s business success.
Even as the nation’s economy tanked over the last 2-3 years Kent’s businesses proved particularly resilient, with case after case of business growth, and those businesses have made up the who’s who list of award winners at the Chamber dinners over the last couple of years.
I’ve always liked the quote that a rising tide lifts all boats but I’ve found that I prefer watching it in action which is exactly what’s happened over the last couple of years. Success begets success, and businesses want to be a part of a winning community. That’s been our motto behind the downtown revitalization and the numbers have proven us right.
The numbers are up in every business category and the Chamber got to show off with record attendance and membership figures to report for 2011-12.
The Chamber business award winners included the Record Courier, Laziza’s Restaurant, Fairmount College Town LLC, Baked in the Village Cafe, Four Seasons Trophy, Kent Historical Society, Perfect Construction, and Woodsys Music. How’s that for a classic eclectic Kent mix?
With standing room only at the awards ceremony it was clear that the biggest winner of all was the Kent community which is enjoying a remarkable run of business growth.
I can’t wait to see what next year brings.
Big shout out to the Chamber Executive Director, Lori Wemhoff, for putting on a great dinner and contributing to a spectacular run of business growth in Kent.