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A strong business district = a strong community PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican
F  or the fifth year in a row, The City of Imperial and The Imperial Chamber of Commerce have joined together to recognize the achievements and contributions of local businesses.
Known as the Business Retention and Expansion Awards, these awards recognize both businesses and individuals who go above and beyond to serve the community.
The awards are funded through the LB 840 sales tax fund. LB 840 money has been reinvested into the betterment of Imperial and also provides  loan assistance for business expansion, retention and/or transition from one owner to another.
These funds have been especially key in insuring that local businesses remain in the community by assisting in the transition to a new owner. Without this assistance, it’s possible that Imperial could have lost businesses that people rely on.
Regardless of the type of business and products a business sells, they are all in the service business—serving you, the customer.
From time to time, it’s fitting that these businesses get recognized for the service they provide to the customers as well as to the community.
You’ve heard me say many times that a community never stands still—it’s either moving forward or it’s moving backward.
Imperial can be proud of the strong business district it has. A strong business district equals a strong community.
Our business community continues to move forward by reinvesting both in themselves and the community. One only need to look back at the annual Progress Edition published by the Imperial Republican each year to see the progressive attitude prevalent throughout the business and farming community. This year will be no exception.
Last week,  the chamber and city recognized the new business, Platinum T-Shirt and Embroidery, that was started by Dianne Way. The McNair Agency was recognized for their attractive new store front.
Veterinary Services earned special recognition for their expansion featuring a new office, exam and surgery area and remodeling of existing structures.
Troxell’s Heating and Appliance was recognized for the renovation of their new location on Broadway. Imperial Super Foods was recognized for their contributions of time and talents to the community while Adams Bank & Trust was recognized for their customer service.
The Imperial Volunter Fire Department was recognized as a Friend of the Chamber for all they do in serving Imperial.
Mary Deyle was added to the Chamber’s Hall of Fame for her work and dedication to the organization.
Imperial can be proud of the services it offers and the loyalty of people who shop Imperial first. That all leads to the outstanding community we call home!