Emerging Business of the Year Award

group photo of winners from the 2018 Best of CBICC

Business and community leaders gathered last week at the Nittany Lion Inn as the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (CBICC) celebrated its 2018 Excellence Awards.

The annual awards recognize the best of Centre County’s business and entrepreneurial community.

Cheryl Johnson, executive director, Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor, was named the 2018 Centre County Economic Development Partnership (CCEDP) Economic Development Champion.  The award honors a local champion of economic growth who goes above and beyond in their support of the CBICC’s economic development mission and in their commitment to improving Centre County’s economy.

Joe Shulman, president of Hotel State College & Co., was named CBICC Champion.

A panel of business and community leaders selected recipients from among 47 nominees in six award categories. They included:

• Emerging Business of the Year – Athlete Viewpoint
• Small Business of the Year – Rowland Creative
• Technology Company of the Year – Sensor Networks, Inc.
• Young Professional of the Year – Ashley Hardison, Penn State Hospitality Services
• Corporate/Community Impact Award – The Makery
• Business Leader of the Year – Cindy Pasquinelli, Strawberry Fields, Inc.

Strawberry Fields’ Good Day Cafe — a nonprofit coffee shop at 286 W. Hamilton Ave. dedicated to employing adults with intellectual disabilities — was named Ethical Business of the Year. The award was presented in partnership with Penn State’s Smeal College of Business and was developed and selected by a student panel.

“Fueled by a robust entrepreneurial spirit, Centre County business leaders across industry sectors are positively impacting the local economy and the quality of life of the collective community,” said Vern Squier, CBICC president and CEO.. “The annual awards dinner is an opportunity to not only honor the noteworthy achievements of a few, but to celebrate the contributions and the successes of all.”

Seven Mountains Media radio personalities Jason Browne and Angela Steco served as co-emcees of the awards dinner.

This article originally appeared on Statecollege.com on December 18, 2018