Chamber lauds area businesses

The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated businesses and gave awards at their annual dinner.



March 3, 2023 - 2:52 PM

Employees of Community National Bank & Trust of Iola were honored with a special award at the Iola Chamber’s annual dinner Thursday evening. Photo by Tim Stauffer

More than 160 guests attended the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner Thursday night, which was hosted at the Allen County Country Club. The event was a welcome opportunity for members to reconnect and celebrate each other. Several businesses and organizations were recognized by the Chamber for honors voted on by fellow members.

Chyann Weber, center, and Alexandria Gumfory, right, employees of Fillmore Coffeehouse + Plant Cafe, accept the award for Outstanding Young Entrepreneur on behalf of Myra and Gabriel Gleason.

The standouts were: Audacious Boutique, awarded Business of the Year; Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center, designated the Community Support Champion; April Kroenke Photography, winner of the ACE of Initiative Award; and Myra and Gabriel Gleason of Fillmore Coffeehouse, recognized as Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs.

Community National Bank & Trust of Iola received a special honor, the Chamber Champion Award, in recognition of exceptional support and contributions to the Chamber. This was the inaugural year for the accolade.

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