The Orleans Chamber of Commerce honored key volunteers, chamber members and community leaders during its Annual Meeting & Business Dinner on Tuesday Nov. 14th at the Captain Linnell House, 137 Skaket Beach Rd. in Orleans.

Based on a recent internal nominating and voting process, six awards were presented:

The Spirit of Orleans Award, given to an organization, committee or individual who is committed to the advancement of the business community in Orleans, went to David Willard, director of community relations at The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank,  former Chamber board president and prominent Cape volunteer.

The Town Pride Award, given to a municipal employee selected by the Chamber’s board of directors, was awarded to George Meservey, director of planning and community development for the Town of Orleans.

The Non-Profit of the Year award was bestowed on The Homeless Prevention Council.

The Emerging Business of the Year Award went to Hog Island Beer Co.

Divided into categories for small and large, Business of the Year awards went to The Sparrow Store and Friends’ Marketplace, respectively.

The evening also included a discussion of economic trends and housing delivered by noted economist and public policy expert Michael Goodman, executive director of the Public Policy Center at UMass Dartmouth. Additionally, a preview of 2018 Chamber events and projects was offered to the crowd of about 80 attendees. 

The Orleans Chamber of Commerce is the recognized essential organization that builds, promotes and advocates the Orleans business community through marketing, training and event coordination while attracting sustainable economic investment. The Orleans Chamber of Commerce advocates for approximately 330 members led by a volunteer board of directors. The Chamber also spearheads tourism marketing efforts for its members as well as for the Town of Orleans. For more information please call (508) 255-7203 or visit www.orleanscapecod.org.