The Richmond County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 8th Annual Business Expo, on Wednesday, at Cole Auditorium, and announced the 2010 Richmond County Business of the Year.
Businesses, organizations, vendors and schools set up booths for an opportunity to mix and mingle with community members, and representatives from other organizations.
“I’ve participated in the expo for the past five years,” said Terry Lewis, owner and vice president of Maness Tire & Retreading. “I love it, it’s good exposure and an opportunity to network with some really great people.”
Vendors at the expo were: Alltel; Bayada Nurses; Brower Travel; Champion Ford Lincoln Mercury; Classic Apparel; Comfort Suites; Dieffenbach GM Superstore; Employment Security Commission Job Link; FirstHealth Center for Health and Fitness; Griffin Chrysler Dodge Jeep; JC Penney; Maness Tire & Retreading; Mega Force Staffing; My 31 Gifts; Sharon Nichols Dance Productions; Sports Cycles; Pee Dee Electric; Quick Copy; Richmond Community College; Richmond County Hospice; Richmond County Schools; Rockingham Moose Lodge; Rockingham Speedway; Sandhills Regional Medical Center; Travel Destinations; and UNC Pembroke.
“We’re participating today, because our goal is to get everyone back at the track,” said Tracie Harris, assistant to director of operations at Rockingham Speedway.
The speedway, like most of the vendors present, held a drawing for prizes. Some of the prizes given away were: race tickets; free oil changes; bluetooth headsets; dance lessons; pocketbooks; and hotel visits.
Pee Dee Electric was chosen as the Business of the Year winner, and honored at a luncheon catered by Little Bo Club. CEO and Vice President Donnie Spivey was present to accept the award.
“This organization has served the community for over 65 years,” said Spivey. “We greatly appreciate the recognition and look forward to continued success in Richmond County.”
“Pee Dee Electric not only has a history of providing the community with excellent service, the company also takes an active role in the community and local projects,” said Chamber Chairman T.C. Hall. “The organization we are recognizing today goes above and beyond the call of duty, and is an excellent example of a business that works for the betterment of the community it serves.”
The event was sponsored by Richmond Community College, UNC Pembroke and Maness Tire & Retreading.
Staff writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org