Half a dozen organizations, noted for their civic involvement and other efforts, are in the running for the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor.
“We have businesses that we are just so fond of in this community,” Chamber Board Chair Yvonne Hall said at Thursday’s monthly luncheon.
The winner is to be announced at the chamber’s annual dinner on Jan. 19.
The six businesses are:
• Cosentino’s Price Chopper, which has been in the metro area since 1948 and now has 29 grocery stores, including a newly relocated store on South Missouri 7, 30 percent larger than the old store.
• Print Graphics, started in 1989, has grown from two employees to six.
• Metropolitan Community Colleges – Blue River, which this year celebrates its 20th year. About 1,000 Blue Springs high school graduates enrolled at Blue River this year and earned more than $1 million in A-plus scholarships.
• First Mortgage Solutions, a company that stresses customer education about debts and finances in addition to offering financing services. It works with the city’s first-time homebuyer program.
• Greco Agency Farmers Insurance, founded by Jay Greco in the 1980s. It’s grown from two people to five plus two seasonal employees. Those at the agency are active in the chamber, Rotary and local schools.
• Saint Luke’s East Hospital, which opened in Lee’s Summit in 2005 and, through nearly constant expansion, has grown to five floors and 203 beds. This year it opened the Saint Luke’s Multispecialty Clinics in Blue Springs.
Also, Hall is closing out her year as the chamber’s board chair.
“It’s been a great honor and a great privilege,” she said, “so thank you.”