The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce held its 130th Annual Meeting on October 7 at the Embassy Suites. In addition to the world premiere of the Winston-Salem Chamber’s Highlight Video, two community awards were presented during the event.

The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award was given to Ben and Marty Tennille of H.O.P.E (Help Our People Eat). The work that Ben and Marty do serves to unite the community by working towards eliminating “food deserts”, which are areas in our community that lack fresh fruits and vegetables because of limited availability, transportation or funds. The mission of H.O.P.E is also to eliminate childhood hunger. These volunteers are combating obesity by changing the food habits that in the long run will decrease medical costs while increasing learning.

Duke Energy Award (L-R Ben Tennille, Jimmy Flythe)

The Truliant Small Business Award was presented by Truliant Federal Credit Union. The recipient of this award was Vela Strategic Marketing & Communications. Vela Strategic Marketing & Communications is a marketing and public relations firm that has provided strategic guidance, advertising campaigns, digital and social media assets and campaigns, professional copywriting and creative design in the Winston-Salem area for over 6 years.

Truliant SBA (L-R Todd Hall, Ginger Gallagher, Michelle Soyars)

Additional finalists for the Truliant Small Business Award include Alliance Insurance Services, DAVENPORT, Elephant in the Room, McCalls and PhoneTree.