The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the 31st Annual Small Business Person of the Year Awards, honoring notables from the community.
The event, presented by Hickory Point Bank & Trust, recognized five business leaders.
Jonna Cooley of The Phoenix Center was named nonprofit business director of the year. She has worked in social services for 30 years and has served at the center since 2006.
Susan Sullivan Danenberger, of Danenberger Family Vineyards, was recognized as new and emerging business owner of the year. After a tornado hit her family farm in 2006, she transformed the fifth-generation farm into a vineyard and winery. Since the first grapes were planted eight years ago, its wines have earned recognition in international competitions.
The recipient for the small business owner of the year award is Laura Carmody of Home Instead Senior Care. Since 2011, her business has won nine national revenue awards.
The recipient of the lifetime award for business owner of the year is Stan Travelstead of American Central Insurance Services. His agency has been in business for 29 years.
Finally, the 2016 recipients for outstanding civic involvement are Sergio Pecori, Jeff Ball, Bob Cusick and Jo Ellen Keim of Hanson Professional Services. The company's Grow Our Own Minority Participation Program is nationally recognized for fostering high school students' interest in careers involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The company provides opportunities through education, job training and paid internships.