FARGO — The metro area business community honored its own Friday, May 17, at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s annual ChamberChoice Awards.

The event, which trumpets the accomplishments of the area’s businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations, drew nearly 900 people, packing the ballroom of the Delta by Marriott hotel.

In all, 84 businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit groups took part in the process and were evaluated by a panel of judges who evaluated accomplishments in business growth, innovation, creativity, community involvement and unique achievements.

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The People’s Choice Award went to the Fargo Youth Hockey Association. The non-profit was formed by three hockey groups and serves about 1,000 young people a year.

The group hosts eight hockey tournaments annually and has brought in millions of dollars in visitor spending over the last decade.

Other 2019 winners included:

  • Not-for-Profit of the Year: Vocational Training Center, Fargo
  • Small Business of the Year: Games Galore Party Rental, Fargo
  • Business of the Year: Power Plate Meals, West Fargo
  • Young Professionals Best Place to Work: Eide Bailly, LLP, Fargo
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Jeff Shipley, Jeff Shipley Enterprises, Fargo

Chamber President and CEO Craig Whitney said this year’s program was one of the best.

“It’s just another way to bring the community together,” Whitney said. The size of the audience “is just a testament to how this event continues to grow.”

The Chamber has members in Minnesota and North Dakota, including more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 109,000 people.