Steve Kendrick, the co-owner of Kendrick Paint and Body, received Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2011.
The former executive director of the Burke County Development Authority expressed joy Friday at returning to the area as president of the Augusta chamber. Jim West, who has served as president of the Tri-County Economic Development Corp. in Covington, Ky., for more than 10 years, said he is ready to get to work to attract business and industry to the Augusta region. "What a great day for me and my family to be in Augusta, Ga.," said Mr. West, who has 25 years of experience in economic development. "We're just tickled to death."
The pending announcement of a major employer coming to Augusta shows the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce has done a good job recruiting industry, according to the chamber's chairman. Pat Blanchard, chairman of the chamber board and president of Georgia Bank & Trust, told members of the Augusta Exchange Club on Thursday that a company is preparing to announce in the next 30 days that it will bring 400 to 500 jobs. He refused to identify the company or its product beyond calling it a "quality company" that would not pollute.
Several awards will highlight the Aiken Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting next week. "We're going to award Man, Woman and Youth of the Year," said Doug Henderson, 1997's incoming chairman of the chamber board. "Also, we will announce the Businessperson of the Year. "We'll also present the new board of directors for 1997, and the gavel will officially pass from the previous Chairman Tom Abbott to myself. Tom Abbott will be reviewing the accomplishments of the last year. We will discuss our program of work for next year."