Date(s) - January 26, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce for the 2022 Annual Awards and Dinner Meeting, where we will celebrate the achievements of our members and establish a new board to guide the Chamber through 2023.

Chamber and community members are invited to convene at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center on Thursday, January 26, 2023, for an evening of networking, community building, and celebrating the winners of the following Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Award: Leslie Schaller
  • Holzaepfel Economic Growth Award: Stuart’s Opera House
  • Jon Sparhawk Small Business Award: Shriver’s Pharmacy & Wellness
  • Young Professional of the Year: Mollie Fitzgerald
  • Community Support Award: Southern Ohio Copperheads
  • Best New Business: 740 Audio


Award details

We are so excited to announce that this event is officially SOLD OUT!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees – we can’t wait to celebrate with you all!

Moments from the 2021 Annual Dinner Meeting & 50th Anniversary Gala

Our 2021 Annual Award Winners: The Athens Farmers Market (Holzaepfel Economic Impact); Susan Barga (Community Support); Bagel Street Deli (Small Business of the Year); Jessica Thomas (Distinguished Service); and Emily Latta (Young Professional of the Year)
Ambassador of the Year Award winner Angela Carter.
Susan Barga, Community Support Award Winner
Sponsor gifts, designed and created for the Athens Area Chamber by Red Tail Design.
Platinum Sponsor Peoples Bank
Gold Sponsor Susan Barga (left) with Chamber Board member Andrea Lewis.
Gold Sponsor Airclaws
Gold Sponsor, The Ohio University Innovation Center
Silver Sponsor Fairfield Inn/Hampton Inn
Silver Sponsor Mathews Insurance
Outgoing board member Natalie Tevis being recognized for her service with board member Andrea Lewis.



Thank you to our Sponsors!





Holzer Health System

Holzer Health System


The Laurels of Athens







740 Audio

Athens Eye Care

AOMC (Appalachian Ohio Manufacturers’ Coalition)

A-Roc Entertainment

Athens County Cares Project

Athens County Commissioners

Atomic Credit Union

Career Connections

Mathews Insurance

Shawna Stump Insurance



Table Centerpiece

A beloved tradition of our Annual Awards and Dinner Meetings, every year our Chamber members reserve the opportunity to create a unique centerpiece to be displayed on one of the dinner tables during the event. As seating is not assigned, attendees often pick their table by the centerpiece that they like the best, in hopes that at the end of the night, they’ll be going home with it as a door prize.

Creating a centerpiece gives you the opportunity to show off to our membership — so show us what you can do, reserve a centerpiece spot today! To reserve a chance to create a Table Centerpiece, please contact the Chamber office at 740-593-9353 or email

Thank you to the businesses who have already volunteered to provide a centerpiece!

  • AirClaws
  • Athens Central Hotel
  • Athens County Cares Project
  • Fairfield Inn
  • Hampton Inn
  • Kindred Market
  • L’Heureux Properties
  • OhioHealth O’Bleness
  • Ohio University Athletics
  • Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
  • OUCU Financial
  • Shawna Stump – State Farm Insurance
  • We Welcome

    Members have created all kinds of centerpieces for us over the years. Check out some examples from the past few events: