"We really couldn't do it without the community," Alora Chandler of Sweet Addictions said in accepting the Business of the Year award along with her husband Matt at the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry annual awards dinner Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Hillsboro Moose.
The award was presented by chamber Vice President Jessica Chappelear, who introduced the three nominees for the Business of the Year award–CTI, Courthouse Pub, and Sweet Addictions–by saying "all three have really been successful in their niche."
Director Lisa Shipman presented the People's Choice award to Florence Rozmislowicz, volunteer chair for Paws Care, who shared the honor with those in her organization who work to save companion animals.
"It's not me; it's our volunteers," Rozmislowicz said.
Director Ken Meade presented the Business Professional of the Year award to Greg Holcomb, who congratulated fellow nominees Rozmislowicz and Tim England.
"My heart is in this community," Holcomb said.
Dane and Kayleigh Bondurant accepted the award for Makeover of the Year, presented by chamber Director Andrew Billington to Bondurant Plumbing. Lomas del Sol and McDonald's were also nominated for the award.
Chamber president Jason Miller introduced Hillsboro community planner Jonathan Weyer, who described an in-the-works small business development event at Black Rabbit Coffee.
Mayor Brian Sullivan talked about municipal progress, highlighting the potential downtown streetscape grant, the Imagine Hillsboro HUD grant, the near-completion of the Eagle Zinc clean-up, Glenn Shoals Lake improvements, renewal of the county enterprize zone, the emergence of Altas 46 in Hillsboro, and what he called the "downtown vibe."
"Whatever is happening, keep doing it," the mayor encouraged.
Miller also introduced chamber board members, event sponsors, members of the President's Club, and introduced new chamber Executive Director Kaitlyn Fath, who drew the winning raffle numbers. Dinner was provided by Milanos Catering.