The Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce presented its annual business awards in a gala at Buena Vista University last night.
Mike Porsch, of Ressler Drug, was named Businessperson of the Year. The award considers community involvement as well as professional contributions to the business community. "The customers are the most important people in the business and if you take care of them, everything else will fall into place," Porsch said.
Brown's Shoe Fit was named New Business of the Year. Manager Israel Swanson praised the atmosphere of Storm Lake's business district, and said it is an honor to be considered for the awards program.
Dick Hakes was honored with the Chamber Involvement award. The owner of Hakes Publications said earlier that the chamber's efforts benefit the entire community. "I feel that if you belong to an organization you should not only pay your dues, but you should contribute time and energy for the good of the organization," Hakes said.
Lighthouse Inn was presented with the Business Improvement of the Year award. Thayne and Kathy Benz have erected a welcoming lighthouse, created theme rooms and made other improvements to the inn this year. "It's exciting to know that people are taking notice of a change," they said.
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