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Johnson: Genoa Chamber members to get 'Agri-Cultured'

Next month the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce will host our 63rd annual dinner and meeting. The theme for this year’s dinner will be “Agri-Cultured.”

The chamber collaborates with the city of Genoa, Genoa Police Department, Genoa-Kingston School District, Genoa Township Park District, Chamber members, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the community as a whole. We believe in working together to ensure the success and economic development of our city. We continually look for ways to improve communication amongst agencies and do our best to support one another’s efforts.

The annual dinner will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 19. Tickets cost $45 a person or $350 for a table of eight and will include a catered meal by Faranda’s Banquet Center and an open bar sponsored by the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers. Tickets can be purchased online at or by emailing the chamber at To assist us in becoming “Agri-Cultured” we will welcome speakers Jamie Walters and Nick Nagele from Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. 

The following Chamber awards will be presented during the evening:

• The Excellence Award: This award honors any Chamber business for an outstanding achievement that enhances the Genoa business community through their efforts in major business renovation, expansion, most improved, new business, etc. This year’s recipients of the Excellence Award are Open Door Coffee, Warehouse on Park and Gillerson’s Gastro Diner.

• The Ambassador Award: This award honors an individual or group of individuals who through their activities enhance both the community and the image of the city of Genoa in accordance with the principles and philosophies of the Genoa Ambassador Club. The recipients of the Ambassador Award this year are Gospel Life Bible Church, Alan Browne Chevrolet, J6 Polymers, Smile Doctors by Hurley and Volk Orthodontics, and the Genoa Explorer Program.

Three award winners will be announced the evening of the event: the Top Banana Award, given to the most valuable volunteer; the Outstanding Chamber Ambassador Award, presented to a member of our committee for outstanding performance; and the Dave Tobinson Award Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year. This award is given to an individual who has done great things throughout the year – someone who truly stands out among all the members.

We will also be celebrating several sustainable, successful businesses this year that are celebrating anniversaries, including Kingston Mutual Insurance Company (135 years), Northern Illinois University (125 years), Illinois Community Credit Union (85 years), Seyller’s Inc. (65 years), Custom Aluminum Products (60 years), CrossWind Community Church (55 years), Genoa Veterans Home Corp. (55 years), G.K. Trailblazers (50 years), Hauser Ross Eye Institute (40 years), WDKB Radio (30 years), Wakoh Wear Inc. (25 years), Hoffman Realty LLC (25 years), Pest Control Consultants (20 years), DNA Communications Inc. (15 years), Slingerland & Clark P.C. (10 years), Smile Doctors Braces by Hurley and Volk Orthodontics (10 years), Kishwaukee Valley FNRA (10 years), Law Office of Paula Rieghns Ltd. (10 years), Genoa Smiles (5 years), Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers (5 years), J6 Polymers (5 years) and Sugar on Top Bake Shop Inc. (5 years).

We look forward to celebrating with all of our members at our 63rd annual dinner and awards meeting.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for March 21. Our annual Home and Business Expo is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Genoa-Kingston High School, 980 Park Ave. We would like to invite you and your entire family to enjoy a little of what the Genoa area has to offer. Come and check out some of our amazing small businesses, organizations and industries at this one-day event, all under one roof.

More than 50 vendors will be highlighting their businesses and giving away lots of great stuff. Stop by for lunch at our “Taste of Genoa,” where several local restaurants will be featuring some of your favorite foods for sale. The Home and Business Expo is fun for the whole family, rain or shine.

We hope to see you out Exploring Genoa soon. Stop by the chamber office at 113 N. Genoa St., Suite B, for information on all of the chamber businesses, or just to say hello. We would love to tell you more about Genoa.

• Krissy Johnson is executive director of the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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