Chamber’s Inaugural Banquet to celebrate local businesses

Chamber’s Inaugural Banquet to celebrate local businesses

Jenks businesses will be highlighted in the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Banquet.

On Jan. 16, the chamber will be celebrating local businesses and those who run them. The banquet will be held at the Oklahoma Aquarium.

Awards will be handed out for the following:

-Young Professional of the Year

-New Business of the Year

-Retailer of the Year

-Restaurant or Bar of the Year

-Business of the Year

-Community Impact Award

-Ambassador of the Year

-The George Tedford Memorial Scholarship

-The Ed Gerchman Leadership Award

Businesses and individuals were nominated for awards by open ballot. A group of judges outside of Jenks then scored and assessed the awards.

The Tedford Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior with strong academics and active in athletics.

The Gerchman Award is the most prestigious to be given out. It is decided by a committee that meets and evaluates the criteria and discusses nominees. The award doesn’t have to be handed out each year, however, Chamber President Josh Driskell says this year’s winner is “a very deserving person.”

“It’s important to recognize these leaders so that they know people are taking notice,” Driskell said of the banquet. “Being a business owner is one of the hardest things a person can do and it’s important to celebrate their success. That’s part of what we’re about at the Jenks Chamber.

“In addition to helping grow the economy and helping businesses succeed, we’re here to recognize the best about them.”

Driskell says this can be an event for years to come.

“A strong business community is vital to a strong community. The Jenks Chamber will always be here, fighting for our businesses and our community.”

The banquet will be held Jan. 16 with events kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend must RSVP by Jan. 10 at

Hayden Tucker

Hayden Tucker is the Sports Editor and Director of Media for the Jenks Tribune. He has three years of experience in newspaper journalism before joining the Tribune. Tucker was born in McAlester, then moved to the Oklahoma City area in 2010 where he lived for nine years prior to moving to Jenks.

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