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Chamber Honors Area Businesses & Individuals

Pittsburg area business and community leaders met under the stars tonight for the Pittsburg Area Chamber annual banquet. The event included many changes to promote personal health safety, including facemasks, temperature checks and hand sanitizer. Another notable change, a first in the event’s history, is the outdoor format at Kansas Crossing Casino which allowed for appropriate social distancing. The Chamber was able to celebrate the progress that has taken place over the past year in the Pittsburg area, while recognizing numerous businesses and community leaders that continue to make “Pittsburg Strong.”

“Our annual banquet provides us with a chance to say thank you and to highlight so many of the great businesses and individuals that have played a significant role in making our community a better place to live,” said Blake Benson, Pittsburg Area Chamber President.

Those honored by the Chamber include:

Spirit of Pittsburg – Rebecca Adamson, Dr. Timothy Stebbins, Dr. Linda Bean

Small Business of the Year – Riggs Chiropractic

City of Pittsburg Employer of the Year – U.S. Awards, Inc.

Educator of the Year – Cooper Neil, Pittsburg High School

Chamber Volunteer of the Year – Lori Ann Spacheck, State Farm Insurance

BEA Bill Coleman Business Partner of the Year – Southeast KANSASWORKS

BEA Jerry Lindberg Volunteer of the Year – Mark Johnson, Pittsburg State University

BEA Koeta Bryant Education Partner of the Year – Kelynn Heardt, Pittsburg High School

(BEA = Business Education Alliance)

Finalists for the Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by BKD, LLP, were Riggs Chiropractic, Jones Heritage Realtors, ReNu Medical & Spa and Wood-Dulohery Insurance, Inc.

The finalists for the Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by Pitsco Education, were Bridget Walker – Lakeside Elementary School, Cooper Neil – Pittsburg High School and Joe Curran – Girard High School.

Why Join the Pittsburg Area Chamber?


Consumers are 80% more likely to patronize a business in the future when they know it’s a member of the local chamber.


86% of consumers believe the local chamber helps create jobs and promotes local economic development.


Chamber members are 42% more favorable when a fellow business decision maker knows they belong to the chamber.

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