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Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce celebrates 2015 Business Awards

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 2015 Business Awards today at a luncheon at the Best Western Sheridan Center. Thirty local businesses were nominated for the annual awards this year, and Dixie Johnson, CEO of the Chamber said the Chamber exists because of Sheridan businesses. This year, the Chamber "flipped" its awarding process, Johnson said. A task force began assembling nominations last fall, and then the Chamber turned the voting over to its members. Hundreds of votes were cast, Johnson said, and the following are the 2015 winners. See the nominees here . *Key Service Award*: This award honors a Chamber member nonprofit that has made a significant impact in the community; one that serves with enthusiasm and dedication. *Sheridan Senior Center*: Last year, the Senior Center served more individuals than any other Wyoming senior center, and has plans and funding to expand in the coming years. [image: Inline image 1] *Members of the Sheridan Senior Center staff. / Pitchengine Communities* *Spirit of Sheridan*: This award honors a business or individual who volunteers countless hours for the benefit of the Chamber and community. *Mike Nickel*: Nickel is a fourth-generation Sheridan County resident who serves as a Sheridan County Commissioner, among many other roles. [image: Inline image 5] *Nickel is in Cheyenne with the County Commissioners and was unable to attend the ceremony. h/t Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce* *Strength of Sheridan*: This award honors a Chamber member business or organization that has a long and distinguished tenure in the community. *Farmers Co-op*: This year, the Farmers Co-op moved, expanded and renovated to a new Coffeen location. [image: Inline image 3] *Representatives from the Farmers Co-op were not able to attend the luncheon. / Pitchengine Communities* *Large Business Award*: This award honors a business that serves the Sheridan area with excellence, and maintains consistent growth and strong performance, and has more than 25 full-time employees. *Advanced Communications Technology (ACT)*: ACT began offering communications solutions in 1997, and has grown significantly since then and is plays an active part in the Sheridan community. [image: Inline image 6] *Small Business Award*: This award also honors a business that serves the Sheridan area with excellence, and maintains consistent growth and strong performance, but has less than 25 employees. *Historic Sheridan Inn*: In January of 2015, the Open Range Restaurant opened in the Inn, and following in May, the Sheridan Inn opened its doors to overnight guests for the first time in 50 years, under new owners Bob and Dana Townsend. [image: Inline image 2] *Chamber Board President Richard S. Garber and Historic Sheridan Inn Activities Director Stormy Redman* *Business Person of the Year*: This award honors a Chamber member business person who shows outstanding business acumen and strong leadership in business and community efforts. *Bruce Garber*: Garber is the broker/owner of Century 21 BHJ Realty and is the Sheridan-Johnson Critican Air Service Team president, among other volunteer efforts. [image: Inline image 7] *Chamber Board President Richard S. Garber and Bruce Garber. / Pitchengine Commuinities* *Feature photo: Chamber CEO Dixie Johnson presents the Spirit of Sheridan award. / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news