The Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce has announced that this year’s Diamond Awards will be presented virtually through a pre-recorded video showcase on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:00 PM, on the Chamber’s YouTube channel. The awards are normally presented as part of the Chamber's Annual Dinner. We hope to resume our in-person event next year!
Christa Lundy, executive director of the Chamber says, "The Chamber is delighted to be honoring these deserving individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses that are doing so much for our community. There are so many wonderful acts happening, especially during this pandemic. That is why we are looking forward to recognizing these Chamber members who have been doing remarkable things throughout this past year."
The highlight of the evening is the awarding of the 2021 Diamond Awards. Winners of the Diamond Awards (including Emerging Leader, Small Business, Mid-Sized Business and Large Business, as well as Small and Large Non-Profit of the Year Awards) will be announced during this annual event. The Raymond P. Shafer Award recipient will be announced in early April.
The Raymond P. Shafer Award, in its 30th year, will be awarded to a member of the community who has made a positive impact on the quality of life in western Crawford County through his/her volunteer service to our community. The Diamond Awards will be presented to individuals, businesses and non-profits that have demonstrated excellent leadership and performance in their field and in the community.
Nominations can be made through March 12th for the Diamond Awards and the Shafer Award. Self-nominations are welcome.
The Emerging Leader Award is presented to an individual in the early years of their career who has demonstrated leadership qualities within their businesses and community. The Emerging Leader Award was established to foster young leadership and enhance retention of young professionals in our community. All nominees have demonstrated professional leadership and a commitment to community service.
Both the Small, Mid-Sized and Large Business Awards Small Awards are issued to recognize local businesses that have achieved success and to support initiatives and organizations that enhance the quality of life in the Meadville-Western Crawford County area. All nominated businesses have demonstrated admirable performance, growth, innovation, creativity, and community involvement.
The Small Non-Profit and Large Non-Profit of the Year Awards celebrate local organizations that have achieved success while supporting initiatives and projects that enhance the quality of life in the Meadville-Western Crawford County area.
Corporate sponsorships of the Virtual Diamond Awards are available for companies wishing to show their support for the nominated businesses and individuals, as well as for one of the Chamber's biggest events of the year. Download sponsor opportunities here .
Small Business of the Year – Pampered Palate Café & Bistro and Conference Center, Mid-size Business of the Year - none, Large Business of the Year - none, New Business of the Year – Earth, Wind, and Wire Studio and Rock Shop, Emerging Leader of the Year – Jason Nesbitt of Center for Family Services, Small Nonprofit of the Year – Crawford County Historical Society, Large Nonprofit of the Year – Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania
Check back in early April for a list of this year’s award finalists.
Call the Chamber of Commerce office with any questions.