SAGE Award Winners Announced at Chamber Gala

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and         MetroAction announced the winners of the 2011 SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence).  The SAGE Awards celebrate the outstanding efforts of the local business community.  Award winners were chosen from more than 125 applications submitted by businesses across northeastern Pennsylvania.  Winners were announced at the Chamber Gala, the organization’s premier event, held at the Mellow Theater at Lackawanna College on Friday, November 11, 2011.  The event included improv-comedy by national comedian Mark Sutton of The Second City comedy troupe.

All of the awards, with the exception of the People’s Choice Award, were judged by individual judging committees comprised of 44 volunteer judges. Each judge independently scored the applications using a point system and award winners were selected.

The People’s Choice Award winner was selected through an online popular vote.   All SAGE Award finalists from the 19 other award categories were included in the People’s Choice Award voting.

“The SAGE Awards honors the very best business achievements of our community,” said Austin Burke, President of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “The success of the SAGE Award winners is a testament to their dedication, ingenuity, and vision.”

The winners of the 2011 SAGE Awards are:

BEST PRACTICES IN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
•    Pennsylvania American Water Company, Wilkes-Barre

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BEST PRACTICES IN CUSTOMER SERVICE
•    Karam Orthodontics, Scranton

BEST PRACTICES IN HUMAN RESOURCES AND/OR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
•    Prudential, Scranton

BEST PRACTICES IN MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
•    KKPR Marketing and Public Relations, Milford

BEST PRACTICES IN TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
•    Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna

GREEN PRACTICES: 2-100 EMPLOYEES CATEGORY
•    DxDempsey, Scranton

GREEN PRACTICES: 101+ EMPLOYEES CATEGORY
•    Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna

HEALTHY WORKPLACE
•    UGI Utilities, Inc., Wilkes-Barre

HOMETOWN STAR
•    Arts on Fire, Scranton

NEW & EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
•    Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, South Abington Township

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
•    United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Scranton

PRIDE & PROGRESS: EXTERIOR RENOVATIONS
•    KBA Engineering, P.C. , Jermyn

PRIDE & PROGRESS: INTERIOR RENOVATIONS
•    Connell Lofts, Scranton

PRIDE & PROGRESS: LANDSCAPE & SITE DESIGN
•    The University of Scranton – Mulberry Street Improvement Project, Scranton

PRIDE & PROGRESS: NEW CONSTRUCTION
•    Highland Associates, Ltd. – The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton

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SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
•    Condron and Company, Scranton

SOLO-PRENEUR OF THE YEAR
•    Bella Faccias Personalized Chocolates, Scranton

WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE
•    Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., Scranton

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
•    Conor O’Brien, Co-founder & Programming Director, Vintage Theater, Scranton

PEOPLE’S CHOICE
•    Tina Jezuit, Founder and Director, Cancertacular, Scranton

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