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2018 Chamber Banquet

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR -- Stitches and Lil’ Britches was named the 2018 Business of the Year at the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce Banquet last Tuesday night. Pictured are Sara Morgan, Dusty Payne, and Kimberly Johnson. Stitches and Lil’ Britches has been serving the area for 10 years.

The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Banquet Tuesday, January 29th, at the Buffalo Civic Center. The event was well attended and the dinner, provided by Catering by Cindy, was enjoyed. Decorations were done under the supervision of Director Chad Rudani.

Phillip Bounds, who has served as President of the Chamber for the last three years, hosted the evening. The new officers for 2019 were presented: President Elizabeth Ferrari, Vice President Corey Thiess, and Secretary Stacey McCeig.

Several businesses and individuals were recognized for their contributions and positive impact on the community. Stitches and Lil Britches, owned and operated by Dusty Payne, was presented the Business of the Year Award. Payne and her employees are the ?go to place? for groups and individuals who want to promote their teams are organizations with quality, personalized t-shirts, caps, and a variety of other products.

The non-profit award went to the Tri County Horseshoe Club, an organization which has expanded and maintains an attractive setting for the sport. This organization hosts several tournaments during the year which are attended by competitors from around the state.

The entire 2018 Buffalo High School Varsity Football Team won the Excellence in Buffalo Honor. This team was the first in the school?s history to make the trip to play in the regional semi finals. They are also the first Buffalo team since 1961 to have an undefeated regular season. The award was accepted by the team coaches: Brandon Houston, Evan Stone, Chuck Carr, and Roger Masters.

And Phillip Bounds was named Citizen of the Year for his work to help promote businesses in Buffalo. The chamber had 18 new members join the organization this year.

BEDC Executive Director Ken Jones gave closing remarks and a brief history of Buffalo and other community news and prospects for the future.