Four named to Blair Business Hall of Fame

Four businesses will comprise the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.

Beard Legal Group PC, City Beverage and Tender Love for Children, all of Altoona, and Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg will be honored at the Business Hall of Fame Dinner Oct. 21 at the Blair County Convention Center.

Businesses must have operated for at least 25 years to be considered. Other criteria include what the business does for the community, as well as employment, expansions, what products the company makes and participation in community events.

Tender Love for Children of the First Evangelical Church is honored to be selected, said Barbara Crago, TLC director and kinder­garten teacher. Crago, a children’s advocate and teacher for close to 40 years, started the TLC Childcare and School in 1988.

“It is quite an honor to be recognized. After over 30 years of running the business, to be recognized by Altoona professionals is quite an honor,” Crago said.

City Beverage and Beard Legal Group PC also are honored by the recognition.

“We are a third-generation family-owned and -operated local business celebrating our 70th year serving our beers to various customers in 11 counties throughout central Pa. We credit our employees along with the many loyal customers that helped get us to where we are today,” said Jake Denis, general manager/prin­ci­pal partner. “We have been on a strong growth track the last 15 plus years and taken part in several acquisitions that has also helped put us as a dominant player in the competitive beer market.”

“It is an honor to be nominated for past achievements of the firm as we also look forward to our future endeavors including those in the Blair County community,” said law firm partner Carl Beard.

Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg spokesman Thomas Koehle said, “With over 90 years of history in Blair County, Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg is appreciative of this recognition. To be valued by our Chamber, our community and the seniors we serve is one of the greatest honors we can receive.”

This year’s class is another outstanding class, said Chamber President/CEO Joe Hurd.

“This year’s Hall of Fame honorees continue the trend of identifying outstanding businesses in industry sectors that have gained in prominence during the past several years. From early childhood providers to long-term care facilities to law offices and specialty retail, it’s great to be able to recognize businesses that have done great things in our community for a long period of time without the level of appreciation that is so well-deserved,” Hurd said.

Several other businesses will be recognized in the General Business Awards categories.

Altoona Curve, Andrea’s School of Dance of Bellwood and Okonak, Dean & Lechner PC of Altoona will receive awards for Excel­lence in Small Business.

Delaney Insurance of Martinsburg, Greenbean Cof­fee House and Trade Secrets LLC, both of Altoona, will be honored as Young Emerging Business­es.

AnswerLinks of Hollidays­­burg and Veeder-Root Co. of Duncansville will receive Technology Awards; Armed Forces Mothers will receive the Committee Choice Award and Greenbean Coffee House will receive the award for Community Service.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.


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