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West Chamber Acknowledges Wheat Ridge

The West Chamber held its annual Chairman’s Inaugural Celebration lunch on January 28, 2011 at The Arvada Center. Over 300 people from the Jefferson County business community gathered to recognize outstanding Chamber members for their exceptional performances in 2010. Awards were given to the Business of the Year (over 50 employees), Small Business of the Year (under 50 employees), Young Professional of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Elected Official of the Year, and Ambassador of the Year.

I am excited to see recognition of the Wheat Ridge community. These recognitions demonstrate the great work taking place in our community and the commitment by individuals to make our City and county the community of choice!  As Mayor, I was also honored by the West Chamber by being recognized as one of the top 100 of Jefferson County in the West Chamber 2011 Best of Business Magazine. The magazine will be distributed next week.  Please see the following link: http:/, (go to page 32).  Also, Congratulations to Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy for being recognized as elected Official of the Year!!

Exempla Lutheran Medical Center received the Business of the Year (over 50 employees) award and was recognized for over 50 years of commitment to the West Chamber organization. Over the years Exempla has supported the West Chamber through board involvement, support of the Chamber’s youth and adult leadership program and partnership-building with chamber businesses to advance and improve the community’s health

Carol Salzmann, Vice President and Executive Director of the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation and Community Development, stated, “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of Lutheran’s team of 2,500 employees, 850 physicians and 650 volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to serving our community, improving health and providing healing services.”

Enterprise Wheat Ridge (EWR) was selected as a finalist for the Non-profit Business of the Year award and was recognized for their contributions to the community.

For more information on these awards see the West Chamber website at