Evart Chamber names Business Person of the Year

EVART — For her hard work and positive impact on the Evart community, Connie Douglas was selected as Evart’s 2012 Business Person of the Year.

Douglas, who has served as the manager of the Sunoco Station for 32 years and also is the Evart Area Chamber of Commerce president, was chosen from a group of five business owners or managers who were nominated by members of the chamber for their work to better the Evart community.

Award selection committee member Casey Keysor said Douglas’ efforts as chamber president to lead the group’s events as well as her involvement with the Evart Business Women’s Association were key factors in her receiving the award.

“Connie has been involved in almost every fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce. She spearheaded the Independence Day parade and helped organize the 5K this year,” Keysor said. “She also does a lot of the fundraisers, like the meatloaf dinner and hunter’s breakfast. A lot of those (events) were her ideas.”

Douglas was presented with the award at the Evart Chamber Christmas party in December.

“I was honored,” Douglas said, of receiving the award. “I’ve been (at the Sunoco Station) for 32 years and I’m still here. I love the people.”

The Business Person of the Year must be a member of the chamber in good standing and live, work or volunteer in the Evart community. They must run a for-profit business that has been established for at least five years and contribute to community-oriented projects.

“There were other good nominations, but overwhelmingly there was a ton of support for Connie Douglas,” Keysor said.

Douglas has served as the president of the chamber for the past year. She participated in Evart’s Monster Mash on Oct. 31 and handed out candy dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. She also served as a judge for the event’s costume contest, judged the Evart Beard Contest and is instrumental in organizing Evart’s Independence Day celebration, including the parade and fireworks. As a member of the Evart Business Woman’s Association, Douglas helps distribute scholarship funds to deserving students.

Evart Chamber of Commerce treasurer Chad Booher said Douglas’ commitment to the community and the chamber deserved recognition.

“It’s her hard work and dedication and constant volunteering in the community,” Booher said. “She is actively involved. In any community function, Connie is always there and is always the ring leader.”