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Plano Chamber plans annual meeting

PLANO — The recent drop in temperatures has area residents wishing for a return to warmer weather. While the Plano Area Chamber of Commerce can’t heat things up outdoors, it can bring a “Return to Paradise” at the annual dinner meeting, set for 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Leon Burson American Legion Post, 510 E. Dearborn St.

The tropical theme can be found in the names of sponsorship opportunities, as well as the menu for the evening. Potential sponsors, and area businesspeople interested in joining the dinner, are urged to call the chamber office at 630-552-7272. Sponsorships are available.

Dinner tickets are $35 per person. The evening includes raffles, a silent auction and a live auction. An Apple iPad is being raffled, as well. It’s the newest 16GB edition with Wi-Fi and retina display. Tickets are $10 each, only 100 will be sold and the winner need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are available at the chamber office, Hometown Lanes and the Plano Castle Bank branch.

During the meeting portion of the evening, the chamber will present Golden Broom Awards and name the business of the year. Chamber Executive Director Rich Healy is seeking nominations for both awards.

Businesses nominated for the Golden Broom Award must be chamber members in good standing. The award is based on interior, exterior or a combination of the two improvements of an existing business.

Criteria for business of the year are a little more involved. Nominees must be chamber members, have been in business for more than two years, demonstrate a unique or innovative approach to business and demonstrate community involvement. The award is based on outstanding sales growth and profitability; unique and innovative business approaches, including new marketing niches; excellent customer service; outstanding management; and community involvement.

The chamber board of directors and annual dinner committee review and select the winners.

For more information, call Healy at 630-552-7272.

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