Ventura Chamber of Commerce honors those who make a difference in the community

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals who make a difference in our community at the Poinsettia Awards Luncheon. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of this local tradition honoring excellence in business, public service and education.

Presented by the Ventura Chamber, the categories to be recognized are:

· Large Business of the Year- Gold Coast Transit

· Mid-Size Business of the Year- Andria’s Seafood

· Small-Size Business of the Year- JR Bookkeeping

· Innovation Award – CBF Productions

· Non-Profit of the Year- Women’s Economic Ventures

· Young Professional of the Year- Gerry Pantoja

· Ambassador of the Year- Rick Jeffery

· Volunteer of the Year – Oscar Hernandez

· Shining Star Award – Gary Wilde

· Jewel Key Award – Ventura Harbor

· Citizen of the Year – Sandy Smith

Additional awards will be presented by the City of Ventura for excellence in public service and the Ventura Unified School District for excellence in education.

Sponsors for this event include:

The Ventura Auto Center, SoCalGas, Montecito Bank & Trust, Four Points by Sheraton-Ventura Harbor, AMR, EJ Harrison & Sons, Inc, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Edison, Ventura County Credit Union, Aera, Mustang Marketing, Ventura College, AT&T, Community Memorial Health System, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Shea Homes, Tolman & Wiker- An Assured Partner Agency, CAPS Media, Cumulus Media, Gold Coast Broadcasting, Luners Production Services, Pacific Coast Business Times, Ventura Adult & Continuing Education (VACE) and the Ventura Breeze

These awards acknowledge the best that Ventura has to offer. The Poinsettia Awards Luncheon happens on Thursday, December 8, 11:30am-1:30pm at the Marriott Ventura Beach. The cost to attend is $60 for Chamber members and $80 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (805) 643-7222.

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization that advocates on behalf of the business community. With 700 members, representing more than 25,000 employees locally, the Chamber engages on a variety of issues that help to drive a strong local economy as The Voice of Business.

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