Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture held their annual awards and recognition dinner March 6 at the Elks Lodge with a packed house of attendees. The night started off with a social hour and was followed by dinner. Guest speaker Steve Wahrlich, owner of the Best Western Clock Tower Hotel and Stella's restaurant in Billings, gave a talk on the current effects of the Corona Virus and the upcoming tourist season. He expressed ways Dillon can take advantage of the Lodging bed tax during this time, along with other tips businesses can capitalize on the resources offered to them.
After dinner, the chamber took care of their business, as former president Crystal Thorpe handed the reins over to incoming president John O'Brian, with the most important part of the night to many: the awards ceremony. The winners were
Business Man of the Year: Matt Vinson of Matt Vinson Plumbing
Business Woman of the Year: Roxanne Engellant University of Montana Western
Business of the Year: Atomic 79
New Business of the Year: 729 Welding and Fabrication
Agricultural Business of the Year: Rocky Mountain Supply
Community Organization of the Year: YMCA
Thank you to the local businesses for helping with sponsoring this event, as the Chamber recognizes fellow businesses helping make a change in the Dillon community.
Sponsors for this event were Barrett Hospital & HealthCare (dinner sponsor); Stockman Bank, High Peaks Credit Union, Pioneer Savings & Loan, Dillon Bank of Commerce (silver sponsors); Rocky Mountain Supply (music sponsor). Everyone can't wait to see what 2020 brings for Dillon and what next year's event has in store!