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Long County Chamber has banquet
Long Co Chamber and Bus of the Yr
Long County Chamber of Commerce officers include, from left, 2016 President Elise Stafford, 2015 President Ray Howard, Treasurer Janie Diggs, Secretary Teresa Odum and board members Justin Anderson, Kadee Dasher (also Business of the Year recipient), Kathy Dykes, and Walt Pelton. Board members James Wasdin and Billy Strickland are not pictured. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

The Long County Chamber of Commerce recently had its annual installation of officers and awards banquet at First Baptist Church of Ludowici.

The top award of the night went to Kadee’s Korner, which was selected as the business of the year for 2015.

Kadee’s Korner is owned and operated by Kadee Dasher, and is one of the most established shops in Ludowici. It specializes in customized clothing, handbags, home decorations and other gifts such as corn-hole boards and wooden rocking chairs. The shop is located at 33 Lee Street Southeast.

Dasher said she appreciated the award, and that she looked forward to continuing providing service for a long time.
The Chamber also welcomed 2016 officers and board members: President Elise Stafford, Treasurer Janie Diggs, Secretary Teresa Odum and board members Justin Anderson, Kathy Dykes, Walt Pelton, James Wasdin, Billy Strickland, Ray Howard and Dasher.

Stafford said she was excited about assuming her new role and spoke of the goodness of the people who live in Long County.

“I’m excited about serving Long County in the upcoming year, the Chamber has a very active volunteer board who promote opportunities for business partners, elected officials and individuals from the community to meet regularly in an effort to market the goodness Long County has to offer,” she said.

The new president also presented a plaque to outgoing President Ray Howard, honoring his work. She told Howard that on behalf of the other members and the community, his service was appreciated.

Stafford also spoke of the different outreach programs offered by the Chamber and encouraged local leaders to join.

“Business partners host Business After Hours in an effort to promote their businesses in the community, Progress Through People breakfasts are scheduled quarterly with featured speakers who share information about the community’s resources, and the Chamber promotes local community festivals and annual events for civic groups and businesses who are members. All of this and more is done to help promote our community and to encourages more business,” Stafford said.

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