Oak Harbor DECA members presented awards to three local entrepreneurs on Feb. 14, at the eighth annual Entrepreneurship Awards Banquet. The banquet was held to honor local business owners for their contributions to the Oak Harbor Community. The Oak Harbor Rotary Club hosted the event and provided dinner.
The criteria used to select award winners included creativity, innovation, outstanding customer service and commitment to the local community. The Outstanding Entrepreneur Awards were given to the following: Jeff Chio of Edward Jones, Anna Lou Spino of Batdorff, and Dave Heintz of DCh Holmes Limited.
This event is the result of a partnership formed with DECA and the Oak Harbor Rotary Club. As future leaders and entrepreneurs, students have the opportunity to network with local business leaders and gain valuable insight into the business world.
This was one of many activities to celebrate Entrepreneurship Month and was part of the Oak Harbor DECA Entrepreneurship Promotion Project Campaign. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Entrepreneurs … Dare to Dream!” The goal of the campaign is to inform, educate and involve students and community members about the importance of entrepreneurs. The campaign managers are Samantha Durivage, Nathan Segaard and Austin Wiegand.