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Lexington Chamber recognizes local businesses and professionals

(From left to right) Angela Klosterman, Chamber Board Chair; Oneal Staples, Young Professional of the Year; Nancy Hutto, Mike Till Impact Award recipient; Amy Walden, Ambassador of the Year; Jimmy Metts and Chris Martin of Tidewater Boats, Large Business of the Year; Chad Frye and Gregg Turner of Thompson Funeral Home, Small Business of the Year; Angelle LaBorde, Chamber President & CEO. 

The Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center honored Midlands businesses and professionals at its virtual Chamber Awards on Wednesday. 

“The Chamber is proud to honor outstanding businesses and individuals who have made contributions to our community,” said Angelle LaBorde, Chamber President & CEO. “We believe a part of our mission is to provide awareness and recognition to those who excel in their professions.” 

Thompson Funeral Home received the Small Business of the Year Award. The funeral home has been in business since 1928 and has continued to safely serve and comfort families with its services since COVID-19.  

Tidewater Boats was named the Large Business of the Year. Founded in 2006, Tidewater Boats invested $8.3 million and created 100 new jobs with its Lexington County expansion. 

Oneal Staples, vice president and commercial banker at Ameris Bank, received the Young Professional of the Year Award. Staples is a graduate of the Leadership Lexington County Class of 2019 and was a member of The State’s 20 Under 40 Class of 2019. He has helped raise more than $14,000 for Mission Lexington and provided Thanksgiving meals for over 250 community members in need through the Scooter Scott Project.  

Amy Devore Walden, human resources recruiter for The Babcock Center, was recognized for her volunteerism and advocacy for the Chamber with the Ambassador of the Year Award.  

Nancy Hutto was honored with the Mike Till Impact Award.The Chamber presents this award to an individual who best exemplifies the characteristics of Mike Till – friendliness, perseverance and dedication to the Lexington community. Hutto served as Chamber Board Chair from 2013 to 2015 and is an active volunteer with Mission Lexington. 

A 4-Star Accredited Chamber, The Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center has been creating a community that grows business for more than 60 years. Through services, advocacy and education for its 750 shareholders, the Chamber and Visitors Center strives to promote business prosperity and a thriving community. To learn more about the Chamber and the Lexington area, visit www.lexingtonsc.org

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