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Harford Co. honors area businesses for growth, community contributions

The Harford County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Harford Award program Wednesday evening to honor area businesses that excelled in growth and contributed to the Harford County community.

The winners were diverse, including a cupcake retailer, bar and florist, along with a government contractor, wealth management group and a child welfare organization.

Pamela Klahr

Pamela Klahr

This year’s event took place in a new venue, the Water’s Edge Event Center in Belcamp, and was organized by a mostly new chamber staff — three of the four staff members started their jobs this year. That included CEO Pamela Klahr, former CEO of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, who started her position in Harford County on Sept. 9.

The chamber honored six businesses in the following categories:

  • Entrepreneur: Flavor Cupcakery, Bel Air
  • Retail: Looney’s Pub, Bel Air
  • Research & Development/Technology: STG Inc., Aberdeen
  • Nonprofit: Arrow Child and Family Ministries, Bel Air
  • Main Street: Flowers by Lucy, Aberdeen
  • Service to the Community: The Kelly Group, Bel Air

The chamber had no winner in its seventh category, manufacturing.

Businesses could self-nominate or be nominated by other members of the community. All of the categories, except for entrepreneur, are open only to businesses that are at least two years old.

Winners were chosen based upon business growth, increased employment, community service, creative business strategies, technology and enhancement of the county’s business climate.