Every year the Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce recognizes volunteers that have improved our community and our Chamber. We are always excited to recognize individuals and companies for their contributions to the Clarksburg community.
This year Cathy Matthews, Director of the Upcounty Regional Services Center for Montgomery County and Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, recently re-elected MD State House Representative presented the awards.
The Outstanding Community Leader Award 2018 was presented to Stand UpCounty
Stand Upcounty, through their four chapters in Clarksburg, Damascus, Poolesville and Germantown, served to educate voters in the upcounty about candidates’ positions through mini forums that were widely viewed on Facebook Live and later through the saved recordings. Candidates were made better aware of the needs of the upcounty region through these forums. This group also helped to ‘Get Out the Vote’ so upcounty’s voice was heard. Clarksburg Chamber members opened up their stores after hours to host these events.
Accepting the award were Stephanie Graves, Rebecca Altendorf, Brennan Breidenstein of State Farm Insurance, Bette Brody of Bette’s Creations, Sue Shepard of Style Me Sue Consignments, and Pat Darby of Novel Books – they made it all happen.
Outstanding Corporate Leader Award 2018
This year the award goes the BrightFocus Foundation, one of the largest employers in Clarksburg. It was recently awarded a Seal of Excellence from the Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence Institute which is the organization’s third time receiving this distinction.
BrightFocus was also recognized for their Dementia Friendly America sponsorship in conjunction with Montgomery County and cosponsoring training with the Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce and other local Chambers.
BrightFocus has also supported the Clarksburg Chamber as a corporate level sponsor and making their space available to our Chamber events.
Accepting the award for BrightFocus was Rachel Jacobs, Communications Coordinator.
Outstanding Small Business Leader Award 2018
Outstanding Small Business Leader Award 2018 goes to a small business with 1-29 employees that has shown excellence in business practices, employee relations, community involvement and economic stimulation in the Clarksburg community and beyond.
Rehab2Perform, this year’s award winner, has demonstrated incredible growth and community involvement in four short years. Rehab 2 Perform started in Frederick in December of 2014. Germantown opened October of 2017 and has received over 6,000 visits. They will open a 3rd location in Spring of 2019 in Rockville near Pike and Rose.
Rehab2Perform has been a pillar of the Clarksburg Chamber with their sponsorship of events and hosting a Lunch and Learn. Their outreach to community schools, sponsorship of educational seminars and instructive social media posts have been a benefit to all in Montgomery and Frederick Counties.
Accepting the award was Dr. Joshua Funk the CEO and Founder, Matt Cornell, Dr. Anthony Iannarino, Linda Murray, and Dr. Caleb Fatzinger.
Volunteer Champion Award 2018
Tammy Weber of Cultural Care Au Pair & Clarksburg Newcomers Club has led our Chamber’s initiative to recruit solopreneurs and provide them the training and networking opportunities they need to grow their businesses. Tammy has attended many community events and fairs handing out a newcomers bag with Chamber member information through the Newcomers Club; and she has worked tirelessly organizing vendor fairs that benefit our local schools.
2018 Chamber Champion Award
The Champion Award is affectionately called “The Ibi” in honor of our first President Ibi Teleki Sofillas’ incredible dedication in founding our Chamber, .
The Chamber Champion Award 2018 recognizes an individual for demonstrating outstanding dedication, commitment, support and enthusiasm for the Clarksburg Chamber, and has served as a public ambassador for increasing membership in and support for the Chamber.
This year’s awardee is Kevin Wolf of Clarksburg Woodworks. Kevin serves on the Clarksburg Chamber Board, represented the Chamber at multiple events like Damascus Day and Clarksburg Historic Day; and has made significant contributions to the Chamber website in the areas of SEO & strategy, integrating our membership software, improving navigation, setting up online payment, and developing content and graphics.
Kevin is a member of our Chamber through his passion project, Clarksburg Woodworks. He also owns and runs Potomac Digitek, a web development firm that offers everything from Project Management to Graphic Design to Programming to Hosting. They have worked with more than 1,000 non-profits and associations developing everything from conference sites, voting, education and certification, back offices and buyers’ guides.
The Chamber thanks Kevin Wolf for his outstanding service.