What an honor to be honored

Today, I had the good fortune to be recognized at the PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce’s Committee Appreciation Breakfast that took place at the Peter Becker Community.

Tanya Bamford honored with award, Andy Szekely, Greg O'Brien, Pam Kelly, PSCC Awards

From left to right honorees Andy Szekely, Tanya Bamford, and Greg O’Brien pose with chamber president, Pam Kelly, for a photo at the PSCC Committee Appreciation Breakfast.

The purpose of the event was to honor the contributions of the chamber’s many volunteers and recognize a few committee chairs who have recently stepped down from their posts, myself included.

From 2010 to 2013, I served as the Chair of the Small Business Committee (SBC). I have often said that the chamber played an integral part in my business success. If I were to be more specific, I would have to credit my participation on the SBC as being the most significant. By donating a small amount of time each month to the committee, my business has benefited greatly. I have been given opportunities to develop strategic business partnerships with other committee members, establish my credentials as a speaker, gain valuable exposure for my business, and generate revenue. Furthermore, it was through my efforts on the committee that I caught the attention of the Board of Directors, who recognized my company with the 2010 Small Business of the Year Award and then subsequently invited me to serve on the Board of Directors. Suffice it to say, I have seen a strong return on my investment in chamber membership.

As someone who is more accustomed to promoting the awards of others, being the honoree today felt somewhat uncomfortable. Perhaps the reason for my discomfort lies with feeling that I should somehow be honoring the chamber for all it has done for me. That said, I intend to proudly display my plaque in the office. Many thanks to Pam Kelly, our chamber president, for this award. And, to my fellow SBC members, and all of our other committee volunteers, thank you for your efforts on behalf of the chamber. I look forward to many more years as a member of this dynamic organization.