Annual event honors businesses, individuals

Englewood Chamber gala celebrates members

Tom Munds
Englewood Mayor Randy Penn speaks to the audience at the Feb. 26 Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce Business Gala. The mayor thanked the businesses for all they do for the city and the chamber handed out a number of awards.

A couple speeches and a few jokes set the festive tone for the annual Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce Business Gala on Feb. 26.

City Manager Gary Sears, surprised when he was asked to speak on behalf of the city, thanked the chamber for all of its activities and said the city is stronger because of the contribution of the business community.

Mayor Randy Penn echoed similar sentiments.

“We have received a report about the city’s improving finances, including improving revenues,” he said. “That is because of you, the business community, because you provide customers the items they need and collect the sales taxes that are so much a part of the city’s revenues. We appreciate all that you do for the city.”

Penn said the city strives to be business friendly and noted that a number of new businesses are soon to open in Englewood.

Chamber president Jason White presented all but one of the awards as he was honored as Chamber Member of the Year. Other awards went to: Dave Cheadle’s City Center Community as the Community Organization of the Year, About Time Fitness as Emerging Business of the Year, and Sam’s Automotive as the Business of the Year.