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Citizen of the Year recipient Gwen Guerke (right) with Chamber President Mike Kazala.
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By Terry Rogers

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford held their Annual “10 Of The Best” Awards Dinner at The Rookery North in Milford. This event honors citizens and businesses in Milford who have contributed to the economic growth of the city.

The guest speaker at the event was S. Renee, a motivational speaker and author who has reached millions as a former print, runway and QVC model, television talk show host, producer and spokesperson for United Paramount Network. Her message at the dinner offered information about branding, explaining that branding is more than just advertising or marketing but is a promise made to the customer. S. Renee gave tips on how to make products and services likable, how to use branding for promotion and methods for creating a message that customers will understand.

“All brands are worth millions if the right person sees it,” S. Renee explained. “When a brand is working, people who are national players notice and they will help take it further.”

After S. Renee’s presentation, Chamber President Mike Kazala presented five awards, voted on by the Board of Directors, to people who had provided outstanding service to CCGM during 2012. Winners included Board Member of the Year Lynn Hammond, Chairperson of the Year Barbara Steele, Chamber Volunteer of the Year Luane Holland, Chamber Youth Volunteer of the Year CJ Workman and President’s Award David Rutt.

After presenting awards chosen by the Board of Directors, Chamber President Mike Kazala announced the winners of the five awards based on votes from chamber members. Nominees for the Non-Profit Organization of the Year were Milford School District, Super Eagle Supply/Blind Industries, and Kent and Sussex Industries. The winner of the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award went to Kent and Sussex Industries.

The next award was for the Small Business of the Year. Nominees included Blooming Boutique, Extreme Total Fitness, and Artisan’s Bank. The winner of that award was Blooming Boutique. Nominees for the Large Business of the Year Award included Walmart, Delaware National Guard and Growmark FS, Inc. The Delaware National Guard came out the winner in that category.

Next, the winner of the New Chamber Member of the Year Award was announced, with nominees that included Burgers-N-Beans, Betty Lou’s Restaurant and Tech World Medicals Inc. Burgers-N-Beans was announced as the winner of that award. The final award of the evening was for Citizen of the Year. Nominees included Richard Carmean, City of Milford Manager, Rachel Workman of Super Eagle Supply/Blind Industries, and Gwen Guerke of the Milford Chronicle. This year’s CCGM Citizen of the Year was Gwen Guerke of the Milford Chronicle.

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