Conway’s no-kill animal shelter is one of several valley businesses
being recognized by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce as a 2014 Annual Mount Washington Valley Business Award winner.
Chamber Exec. Director Janice Crawford says the Conway Area Humane
Society is being recognized as its Non-Profit of the Year after becoming
one of the most recognized, creative and innovative non-profits in the
valley. Crawford says the shelter, under the leadership of exec.director
Virginia Moore, has performed amazing dog rescues, placed older pets in
homes and worked with other valley businesses to create events that
maintain its high profile status as a model community oriented non-profit.
Entrepreneur of the Year goes to North Conway’s Adventure Suites for
creating a unique lodging experience that’s been featured on New
Hampshire Chronicle, Best of New Hampshire and named one of the top ten
theme hotels in the world.
Employer of the Year goes to the Black Cap Grille, a Valley Original
Restaurant, where owner Ben Williams has created a fun but professional
work environment that values input from all employees. Crawford says the
Grille’s sales have consistently grown as it contributes generously and
often to community efforts.
18-year-old Trenton L’Heureux of Trenton’s Lawn Care is being awarded
Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Mount Washington School to
Career Program. As he trains with members of the New Hampshire Fire
Academy to become a certified firefighter, Trenton also cuts lawns and
shovels and removes snow – and is working on getting a plow. He credits
his success to really hard work and fair prices.
The Mount Washington Valley Green Team is awarding its Sustainable
Business of the Year Award to “4 Our Kids Recycling Services,” where
Crawford says owners Colleen Cormack and James Simmons have taken waste disposal to a new level in the valley by teaching their home and
business customers how to efficiently recycle their trash. The company
also regularly contributes to Green Team events like Valley Pride Day
and the Funergy Festival.
And finally, a new award recognizing the late longtime community leader
and Mountain Ear co-founder and publisher Steve Eastman has been
established.. The Steve Eastman Community Spirit award will be given to
a person who personifies Steve’s passion and zest for life, his
contributions to the community – and who is carrying on Steve’s love for
The winner of the new award will be announced at the lunch – and all
awards will be presented next Monday at the lunch at the Omni Mount
Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods.