Blue Springs took some time to honor community leaders Friday night, including Meyers Funeral Chapel being named the business of the year.

Marty Meyers thanked his staff and the families the company has worked with through the years, and he also stressed the contributions of the other nine business nominees.

“We are very blessed to have all of you in this community,” he said toward the end of the ceremonies at the annual Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce banquet.

The other nominees were Real County 1030 AM KCWJ, Blue Springs 8 Miller Theaters, Christian Brothers Automotive, CPros, Hometown News, Northrop Grumman Small Caliber Systems, Tandem Paving, Side Pockets and Outdoor Restrooms Inc.

The chamber also named its citizen of the year – Trisha Kennedy, co-owner of Kennedy Jewelers. She’s active with the Rainbow Center and the Buy Blue Springs program, and she’s this year’s president of the Blue Springs Rotary.

“She sees no obstacle too hard to conquer,” said Mayor Carson Ross, the evening’s emcee.

The chamber also highlighted a key success of its own. It’s the 2018 Chamber of the Year, as named by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“This honor emphasizes what we already know: We have the best chamber in the state,” said 2018 Board Chair Rebecca Swank of Foster Dental Care, stressing the talent and hard work of the chamber staff.

In 2019, one major push will be workforce development.

“It’s directly focused on improving our community and the opportunities that are available to our residents,” said 2019 Board Chair Jacqueline Reed, director of the Blue Springs South branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library.