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Mountain News and Snow Valley Receive Top Chamber of Commerce Awards

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:00 pm

The fourth annual Chamber of Commerce Top Business Awards was held on Oct. 17 at the Apple Valley Conference Center. Presented by Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, the event offered a three-course dinner prepared by the local Hesperia High School culinary students. Guests had the opportunity to pose for a photo booth-style picture with the 33rd assemblyman upon arrival.

During his opening statement, Obernolte discussed his thoughts on improvements and disadvantages of the recent legislation passed that will affect small businesses in the mountain communities and High Desert area. Obernolte, who was recently awarded legislator of the year, said he wants to “improve things for small businesses.” Obernolte was a small business owner himself and spoke enthusiastically of the early days of starting his endeavors.

Eleven chambers of commerce from Obernolte’s district were recognized. Of those, two of the chambers of commerce are from the mountain communities – Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

Nominated for Top Business Awards by the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce were the Mountain News, Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa and Sandra’s and Tattle Tails. Nominated by the Running Springs Chamber were Skypark at Santa’s Village, Snow Valley Mountain Resort and Jensen’s Finest Foods.

The Mountain News and Snow Valley Mountain Resort won the 2019 Top Chamber Business of the Year award for Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce and Running Springs Chamber of Commerce respectively.

“We are honored to receive the Top Business of the Year Award from Assemblyman Jay Obernolte,” said Angela Yap, director of marketing at the Mountain News. “The Mountain News has been serving the mountain communities for almost 100 years, and we are excited to share this amazing award with our community. I am especially proud of both the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa as well as Sondra’s Wild Sophistication & Tattle Tails as this year’s nominees. These businesses are the pillars of our mountain community.”

“This is great because we’re one of the few ski resorts left in North America that are still family-owned, it takes hundreds of people [from our company] to achieve this award,” said Dave Miller, the human resource manager representing Snow Valley

“It can be hard to run a small business,” said Robin Bull, executive director of the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce, to the Mountain News

Bull explained that events like the Top Chamber Awards recognize vital businesses that help strengthen communities. Every year the chamber awards showcase the brightest businesses that have benefited their local economy and community.

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