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Go Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau earned the Chamber Business of the Year Award on Friday evening.

The Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce handed out a lot of well-deserved accolades and awards at its annual banquet Friday.

Too bad the chamber itself isn’t eligible to receive one of those because some high recognition is certainly deserved.

In many communities, the chamber of commerce does just what its name says and works too benefit its business members. The Lake Havasu Area Chamber does that as well, but its local footprint has grown over the past few years.

It’s fair to call the local chamber a city betterment association. Beyond its business promotion, the chamber’s efforts include high-profile, popular events, leadership development and other education programs.

Consider the void in the visitor season if the annual WinterFest wasn’t on the calendar. What about the annual Desert Bash?

What if its leadership program weren’t there? Dozens and dozens of residents have expanded their understanding of our city through this goal-oriented course. And what of the internship effort that matches high schoolers with area businesses?

All of those programs are of community-wide benefit.

What makes them particularly remarkable is that they – along with various other smaller events – are done on top of the traditional chamber roles. The chamber advocates for and promotes local business, provides multiple networking sessions and responds to hundreds of inquiries from people seeking to relocate to our city.

It honored businesses, organizations and individuals Friday. It recognized educators with their own awards a month or so ago.

Space doesn’t permit a full listing but that may okay since the list is always growing.

All these things, including Friday’s annual business celebration and awards banquet, are done and done well by a staff of five.

We think that’s pretty remarkable. And, although the chamber does enjoy broad community support, the work can also be pretty thankless.

So, thanks for everything the chamber does to make Lake Havasu City a better place.

— Today’s News-Herald

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