MWV Chamber announces awards

by Tony on May 12, 2014

Conway’s no-kill animal shelter is one of several valley businesses being recognized by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce as a 2014 Annual Mount Washington Valley Business Award winner.

Chamber Exec. Director Janice Crawford says the Conway Area Humane Society is being recognized as its Non-Profit of the Year after becoming one of the most recognized, creative and innovative non-profits in the valley. Crawford says the shelter, under the leadership of exec.directorVirginia Moore, has performed amazing dog rescues, placed older pets in homes and worked with other valley businesses to create events that maintain its high profile status as a model community oriented non-profit.

Entrepreneur of the Year goes to North Conway’s Adventure Suites for creating a unique lodging experience that’s been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Best of New Hampshire and named one of the top ten theme hotels in the world.

Employer of the Year goes to the Black Cap Grille, a Valley Original Restaurant, where owner Ben Williams has created a fun but professional work environment that values input from all employees. Crawford says the Grille’s sales have consistently grown as it contributes generously and often to community efforts.

18-year-old Trenton L’Heureuxof Trenton’s Lawn Care is being awarded Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Mount Washington School to Career Program. As he trains with members of the New Hampshire Fire Academy to become a certified firefighter, Trenton also cuts lawns and shovels and removes snow – and is working on getting a plow. He credits his success to really hard work and fair prices.

The Mount Washington Valley Green Team is awarding its Sustainable Business of the Year Award to “4 Our Kids Recycling Services,” where Crawford says owners Colleen Cormack and James Simmons have taken waste disposal to a new level in the valley by teaching their home and business customers how to efficiently recycle their trash. The company also regularly contributes to Green Team events like Valley Pride Day and the Funergy Festival.

And finally, a new award recognizing the late longtime community leader and Mountain Ear co-founder and publisher Steve Eastman has been established.. The Steve Eastman Community Spirit award will be given to a person who personifies Steve’s passion and zest for life, his contributions to the community – and who is carrying on Steve’s love for the valley.

The winner of the new award will be announced at the lunch – and all awards will be presented next Monday at the lunch at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods.