Oak Harbor DECA members presented awards to three local entrepreneurs on Feb. 12, at the ninth annual Entrepreneurship Awards Banquet. The banquet was held to honor local business owners for their contributions to the Oak Harbor Community. The Oak Harbor Rotary and DECA clubs hosted the event which included a buffet breakfast at the BeeKeeper Inn.
The criteria used to select award winners included creativity, innovation, outstanding customer service, and commitment to the local community. The Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards were given to the following: Kendra German of Riverview Heathcare Campus, Ann Kersten of The Giving Tree and Kersten’s Corner and Paul Druckenmiller of Druckenmiller Agency, Ltd.
This event is the result of a partnership formed with DECA and the Oak Harbor Rotary Club. As future leaders and entrepreneurs, students have the opportunity to network with local business leaders and gain valuable insight into the business world.
This was one of many activities to celebrate Entrepreneurship Month and was part of the Oak Harbor DECA Entrepreneurship Promotion Project Campaign. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Find Your Passion!” The goal of the campaign is to inform, educate, and involve students and community members about the importance of entrepreneurs. The campaign managers are Makayla Carpenter, Hunter Gresh and Samantha Wilkins.