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Ogden-Weber chamber recognizes businesses, leaders at Annual Gala

By Tim Vandenack - | Apr 22, 2022
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Craig Bielik served as host of the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala, held Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden.
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Members of the Premier Ballroom Academy perform Thursday, April 21, 2022, at the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala, held at Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden.

OGDEN — Members and leaders of the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce gathered for a night of camaraderie and fun Thursday, also recognizing several businesses and leaders in the community.

“It’s humbling as we recognize these incredible organizations and individuals that we’ll be honoring. All of them deserve so many accolades and they are a great representation of the work going on throughout the county,” Chuck Leonhardt, the chamber president, said at Thursday’s event, the organization’s Annual Gala. “All of them, all of you, make this community something we can be proud of.”

Awards were handed out in a number of areas:

  • Farr’s Jewelry was named small business of the year. The other nominees were Code Ninjas and Performance Driven Marketing.
  • Staker Parson was named large business of the year. The other nominees were Compass Minerals and Sam’s Club.
  • Jim Taggart, chair of the chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee, was named chairperson of the year. The other nominees were Belinda Stanger and Melissa Kloz.
  • Emily Oyler, who has worked with various organizations, including the Ogden Breakfast Exchange, the Rotary Club of Ogden and the Salvation Army, was named volunteer of the year. The other nominees were Beth and Jeff Furton and Lucy Hinderliter.

Leonhardt said 2022 marks the 135th year the chamber has operated. He also noted that it has gained in membership since losing some at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want to assure you that the state of the chamber has never been stronger and more robust,” he said. The chamber was on course to hit 800 member organizations leading up to the pandemic, but the figure dipped to 725 as COVID-19 took a toll. Three months ago, though, the chamber surpassed the 800-member mark.

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