We are excited for our 2022 Annual Meeting and Business Celebration in January! Yes, it's a quick turn-around from our most recent Annual Meeting in September, which was postponed due to the pandemic, but we're happy to be back on track again in 2022! Join us as we celebrate 2021's successes for our Chamber members, honor award winners and celebrate the Paducah business community. This year's Celebration sponsored by Mercy Health and CSI is Friday, January 28 at the Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center. Reception starts at 6:00 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.
Our featured speaker is Sarah Frey, who founded a multimillion dollar Certified Woman Owned Business, Frey Farms. The business is headquartered just outside of Mount Vernon, Illinois.
She is also the author of the best-selling book The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life - and Saved an American Farm published by Random House in August 2020. She will serve as the Co-Executive Producer of an upcoming ABC television series based on her life, also called The Growing Season.
Her family business plants thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables across seven states. Thanks to the millions of melons and pumpkins she sells annually, Frey has been dubbed "America's Pumpkin Queen" by the national press.
Inspired by her humble beginnings and early life on the farm, she continues to create opportunities for those living and working in rural communities. The Growing Season tells the story of how she literally dug her destiny out of the dirt. Rather than leaving her rural community, she found adventure and opportunity that paid off in unexpected ways.
Special Awards - Local businesses and citizens will be recognized with the Chamber's annual awards including Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Summit Award and more!
Chamber business - 2021 Board Chair Dr. Anton Reece, West Kentucky Community & Technical College, will pass the gavel to 2022 Board Chair Cory Hicks, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership. The 2021 and 2022 Officers and Board Members will be recognized.
2021 Annual Meeting video and Award Winners