PEMBROKE — Campbell Soup and Supply Company was named Business of the Year during The Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet on Feb. 28.
Several other businesses also received recognition during the event, which was held inside the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Annex Center.
This year’s ceremony coincided with the organization’s 40th anniversary and drew an audience of about 100 business owners and elected officials from across Robeson County.
Pembroke Mayor Milton Hunt said he was impressed with how large the organization has grown during the past four decades.
“Forty years ago, we could have put all the members of the Chamber of Commerce in the back of my truck,” he said shortly before the presentation of awards. “We certainly appreciate everything the Chamber has come to do and will continue to do.”
In addition to Campbell’s win for Business of the Year, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina received the Appearance Award; the “Peace in the Park” project received the Advocate of the Year Award; and Sabrina Deese of Lowery Plumbing received the Harry West Locklear Award.
Shortly after all the awards had been handed out, new members of the Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce were sworn into office during a ceremony officiated by Candance Harke
Former presidents of the organization were also recognized.
At the end of the ceremony, current Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce President Kim A. Pevia told the crowd that collaboration is essential to the town’s economic development.
“The vision we have for this town, county and state is possible if we work together,” she said.