FAIRHOPE – The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 96th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa on Thursday, Feb. 6.
The awards recognized local businesses and other community leaders that have contributed to the area.
The Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Home Boss Inspections by Trustmark Bank. In three years, Home Boss Inspections has grown from one person to six. In addition to a business model of professionalism and integrity, the company has also supported many local charities and volunteered time at chamber events. The company also offers a construction and building inspector apprenticeship program for high school students as well as those already in the workforce, according to the award presentation.
The Non-Profit of the Year Award was presented to Anchor Cross Cancer Foundation by The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa.
Anchor Cross Cancer Foundation helps those who are in what is most likely the darkest time in their lives. The foundation provides funding for everything from life-saving treatments to purchasing groceries. All donations support their mission to fight cancer and better patients’ lives in our community. Anchor Cross Cancer Foundation provides more than $80,000 of assistance to approximately 100 patients undergoing cancer treatment in Baldwin and Mobile Counties.
The Community Leader Award was presented to Michelle Murrill, Southern View Media by Coastal Alabama Community College.
Murrill with Southern View Media is involved in the professional community, the non-profit community and the chamber community. Non-profit involvement is a mission of her business model. She encourages her team to volunteer and use their talents to provide services some foundations would not be able to afford. Trees for Hope, the American Cancer Society and Widowed Persons Services are among the groups her company helps with free or discounted services. She recently accepted a board position with the American Autism Center and has served as co-president of the Woman’s Business Alliance.
The Service Award was presented to Nancy Grace of Century Bank by Baldwin EMC.
Nancy Grace with Century Bank has been an ambassador for the chamber, served on various committees and even rolled t-shirts for the Jubilee Festival. She is always willing to help in the community, going above and beyond to help in any way. She is well respected by her colleagues in the banking industry and has an unprecedented dedication to her clients, according to presenters. Grace also volunteers on the Annual Awards Ceremony Committee.
The Ambassador of the Year award was presented to Steven Walling, Coldwell Banker – Reehl Properties.
Walling is kind and an inspiration to everyone he works with. He can be counted on to be at every event he can possibly attend with a smile and a great attitude. Whether it is loading Young Professionals supplies or holding the ribbon for a photo op, he is eager to help in every way. “He is going to be a leader, and it is a privilege to work with him,” said co-worker & fellow Ambassador Cindy Zebryk.
The Young Professional of the Year Award was presented to Kaitlyn LeBlanc, Edward Jones by Riviera Utilities.
LeBlanc spends countless hours building her business, according to presenters. Her dedication to her clients is apparent through her weekly and monthly check-ins, home-visits and numerous appointments every day. She is also dedicated to her community, often volunteering at networking events, making sure everyone feels welcomed and included.