FREMONT – The Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce held their 138th Annual Banquet.
At this year’s banquet the Chamber honored and recognized nine local businesses that were named finalists for the organization’s three awards. Don Peterson and Associates, Promedcare, and Waste Connections were up for the Large Business of the Year Award. Small Business of the Year Award finalists were Dugan Funeral Chapel, Premier Staffing, and D&T Shirtfield.
Also this year the Chamber added a new award, Workforce Game Changer. The finalists for the new award were RTG Medical, Nye Health Services, and Wiese Plumbing.
RTG Medical was the winner of the Workforce Game Changer award. Charlie Janssen accepted the award and said it means a lot to him and his employees to be recognized by the Fremont community.
“I think it’s what it means to my employees. We all work together. It means a lot to us, because we work very hard throughout the community,” said Janssen. “We try to engage ourselves into the community. When it comes to Special Olympics, the Humane Society, or the veterans, we really work hard for that. We also work very hard for our clients. We staff all 50 states, so it does mean a lot to be recognized by your local community when you’re a nationwide company.”
The winner of the Small Business of the Year award was Premier Staffing and Don Peterson and Associates took home the trophy for Large Business of the Year. Marlin Brabec with Don Peterson and Associates says winning the award is thanks to everyone in the company and those they serve.
“It’s really a prestigious award. We’re honored the Chamber considered us and very honored to win,” said Brabec. “It’s all about the people who are part of our company and part of the Fremont community. We’ve always believed in our town. We’re proud of our town. And we’re very much a part of this town. Always have been and will be in the future. It’s about the people we work with and the people we serve. So thank you very much to the Chamber.”
Executive Director of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce Tara Lea says this year’s banquet was a success and they were happy to honor each business for all their work and dedication to the community.
“Tonight was an absolute fantastic evening. There is nothing better than getting together to honor our businesses,” said Lea. “And this was truly the cream of the crop. Out of our 600 members these businesses rose to the top and we are very excited to honor them. And we had a great night celebrating.”