Reminder:  The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2021 Awards to be presented at the Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet, planned for Thursday, September 23rd at the newest corporate hangar at the Bedford County Airport.

As many as seventeen awards will be presented to outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals of the Bedford County region, recognizing a variety of accomplishments, including: excellence in business (small, medium and large categories), community service, historical preservation, property improvement, agri-business, education and servant leadership, as well as the prestigious Athena Award, sponsored by Bedford BPW and Thomas Dealerships. The Chamber partners with BCDA, the Bedford County Visitors Bureau and Bedford County Community Connections to present awards for economic development, excellence in tourism and a commitment to hiring people with disabilities.  In addition to the traditional awards, the Helen Turner honor will be reinstated, recognizing a business that rose to the challenge during an emergency.

Businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves, or others in the community.  Nominees are not required to be Chamber members.  Please use the links below to download the proper nomination form. (The Athena Award requires its own form.)


2021 Award Nomination Form

2021 ATHENA Instructions & Nomination Forms

Annual Dinner & Award Celebration

The Chamber is pleased to announce that the 2021 Awards Dinner will take place at the corporate hangar at the Bedford County Airport, allowing for a crowd of as many as 400 guests.

The evening will showcase the excellence of the business community of the Bedford County region, beginning with a welcome reception with an array of delicious appetizers and cash bar (wine and beer.)   A catered buffet dinner will be followed by the Awards Ceremony, featuring video acceptance speeches by the honorees.  The Athena award will be announced during the awards program. 

Sponsorships & registrations for the celebration are now available, with past sponsors having the first right of acceptance to renew their investment. Businesses are welcome to provide an item promoting their company for inclusion in the NEW text-to-bid auction, which will allow for greater exposure for all participating auction donors; program ads are also available to advertise businesses and/or congratulate the honorees. For more information, please call the Chamber office at 814-623-2233.

2021 Annual Dinner Sponsorship Packet