By KALIN KROHE
The 33rd Annual Box Butte County Development Corporation Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon was held Nov. 6 at the West Side Center in Alliance. The West Side Event center prepared a prime rib sandhwich meal for all attendees.
"Entrepreneur of the Year" was awarded to the partnership of Russ Finch (Greenhouse in the Snow) and Allen Bright (Antioch Machine) on their collaboration of manufacturing and the export of the Greenhouse kits to the world.
"Large Business of the Year" was awarded to Farmers Co-Op of Hemingford for their new grain silo expansion project that will better serve their members and patrons.
"Small Business of the Year" was awarded to Brewery 719.
"Tourism Partner of the Year" was a new award for the annual meeting this year. That was awarded to Friends of Carhenge for their 'Kites Over Carhenge' event held this fall.
Reports were given by Assistant BBDC Director and Director of Tourism Shaylee Hance, Bands on the Bricks Independent Contractor/Ringmaster Elizabeth Fritzler, and BBDC Executive Director Chelsea Herian. Vice President Dawn Butcher conducted the meeting.
Dawn Butcher, Dustin Chester, and Blanche Randolph were newly elected to the BBDC board of directors.
"Thank you to the board, our partners, members, my staff and my family for making my 9th year as Executive Director a success," said Herian. "I couldn't do what I do without you. Let's celebrate what Box Butte County has to offer!"