Chamber honors top entrepreneurs

The inaugural Business of the Year Award went to Shenanigan’s Irish Pub. The winning business “must show a dedication to making Dahlonega and Lumpkin County a better place by giving back to the community,” said Chamber President Amy Booker. Pictured are (front, from left) Tommy and Machi Lee and Deb Rowe, co-owners of the popular restaurant; and (back, from left) Booker, current Chamber Board Chair Donna Minnich and past-chair Ed Willis. photo by SHARON HALL)

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting includes the usual treasurer’s report and installation of new officers. But it is also a time to celebrate accomplishments and give recognition to the volunteers that have “made our organization and community so special,” said Chamber President Amy Booker.

A new award this year went to Shenanigan’s Irish Pub as Business of the Year. To be considered for this award a business must show a “dedication to making Dahlonega and Lumpkin County a better place by giving back to the community,” Booker said. A reputation for honesty and integrity in business practices, innovation, commitment to the community and diversity, and a demonstrated perseverance and growth in support of economic development are considered when choosing a recipient for this award.

Co-owners Tommy and Machi Lee and Deb Rowe are strong supporters of Lumpkin County’s HemlockFest and the Appalachian Trail Festival. Shenanigan’s also produces a major event to support National Multiple Sclerosis, MDA—Helping Jerry’s Kids and Special Olympics. “Shucking for Shamrocks” takes place on Labor Day weekend and includes a silent auction and live entertainment with all proceeds going to the charities. The restaurant/pub also hosts a rest stop for Six Gap and volunteered for many other events in Dahlonega.

“At every turn this business has stepped up to the plate to sponsor a community event or to provide food to help out,” Booker said.

Shenanigan’s is also creative in its efforts to expand its business, offering live entertainment and special events and marketing through social media.

“They have improved and added to their business space and are currently expanding and improving, all while being a great partner to the community,” Booker said.

Source: thedahloneganugget.com

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