Businesses featured this week: African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Pennsylvania, Berks-Fire-Water-Restorations Inc., Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania, GreenWorks Development LLC, Harrisburg Area Community College, Messiah Lifeways, PP&L, Solar Innovations Inc., WCI Partners LP, Willow Valley Retirement Communities
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave Solar Innovations Inc. of Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, and Berks-Fire-Water-Restorations Inc. of Reading Blue Ribbon Small Business awards in recognition of excellent business practices in strategy, employee development, community involvement and customer service. Berks-Fire-Water also was named a finalist in the chamber’s 2013 Small Business of the Year competition.
Pennsylvania Department of State named Christopher Kraft a professional engineer. He is a project designer specializing in civil engineering and land development with C.S. Davidson Inc. He has a BS in civil engineering technology from Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The Association of Energy Engineers named Stephen Tossey a certified geoexchange designer. He is a senior mechanical engineer with Century Engineering Inc. of Fairview Township.
As part of its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pillars of the Community gala, the city of Harrisburg gave Keys to the City to Yvonne Hollins and Norman Lacasse. Hollins is executive director of the Boys and Girls Club; Lacasse is past president of the Capital Area Greenbelt and a long-time community volunteer. Prior to retirement, he was chief of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ urban forestry section. PP&L and Harrisburg Area Community College were named Large Businesses of the Year; WCI Partners LP and GreenWorks Development LLC were named Small Businesses of the Year; and the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Pennsylvania and Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania were named Nonprofits of the Year. Malia Tate-Defreitas of Steelton High School received the Youth Trailblazer award.
Vancouver, British Columbia-based International Council on Active Aging gave 2012 Rebranding Aging awards to Messiah Lifeways of Cumberland County and Willow Valley Retirement Communities of Lancaster County. Messiah received a Gold award for its website and a Silver direct mail award. Willow Valley received Bronze awards for direct mail and its Restart Retirement website and a Silver brochures award.