Visalia businesses shine in 2024 Chamber Awards

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their 69th Annual Awards event at the Fox Theatre again this year. The Visalia Chamber will recognize the best of the categories for small, medium and large business as well as nonprofit of the year. The chamber also recognizes man and woman of the year honors.(Kenny Goodman)

Visalia Chamber of Commerce celebrates the city’s thriving businesses, community leaders at 69th Annual Awards

VISALIA – The Visalia Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its 69th Annual Awards, where outstanding businesses and organizations were recognized for their contributions to the vitality and growth of Visalia.

The Visalia Chamber announced the winners of the 2024 awards during its annual ceremony on June 6. The awards honor those who have navigated the challenges of running a business and given back to the community, making Visalia a remarkable place to live and work.

The evening allowed attendees to learn more about other businesses and celebrate alongside the finalists and industry leaders while acknowledging their achievements and contributions.

For the year of 2024, the winners of the 69th Annual Awards are:

Small Business of the Year: Visalia Cyclery

Visalia Cyclery demonstrated exceptional service and innovation in the local community, providing high-quality products and fostering a love for cycling among residents.

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Visalia Cyclery receives the Small Business of the Year Award at the 69th Annual Awards event put on by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce on June 6, 2024. (Rigo Moran)
Medium Business of the Year: Valley Strong Credit Union:

Valley Strong Credit Union showed outstanding commitment to financial education and support, offering essential services that enhance the economic well-being of its members and the wider community.

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Valley Strong Credit Union received the Medium Business of the Year Award at the 69th Annual Awards event put on by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce on June 6, 2024. (Rigo Moran)
Large Business of the Year: Ace Hardware Distribution Center

Ace Hardware Distribution Center exemplified operational excellence and significant community involvement, contributing to the economic stability and growth of Visalia.

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Ace Hardware Distribution Center, Visalia RSC received the Large Business of the Year Award at the 69th Annual Awards event put on by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce on June 6, 2024. (Rigo Moran)
Non-Profit of the Year: Able, Inc.

Able, Inc. made profound impacts through its dedication to empowering individuals with disabilities, providing crucial services, and advocating for inclusivity in our community.

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Able Inc. received the Non-Profit of the Year Award at the 69th Annual Awards event put on by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce on June 6, 2024. (Rigo Moran)
Man of the Year: Armando Apodaca

Armando Apodaca made outstanding contributions to our community, demonstrating exceptional leadership and dedication to improving the lives of Visalia residents.

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Armando Apodaca received the Man of the Year Award at the 69th Annual Awards event put on by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce on June 6, 2024. (Rigo Moran)
Woman of the Year: Sharon Allison-Crook

Sharon Allison-Crook showed unwavering commitment to serving our community, making significant strides in various initiatives that benefit Visalia.

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Sharon Allison-Crook receives the Woman of the Year Award at the 69th Annual Awards event put on by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce on June 6, 2024. (Rigo Moran)

The selection of these winners was determined through an extensive application and interview process conducted by a selection committee of previous award recipients. This rigorous process ensures that the most deserving finalists and winners are chosen, reflecting the highest standards of excellence, according to the Chamber.

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce extends congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the 69th Annual Awards. This year’s event was a memorable celebration of excellence, achievement and community spirit.

“We are grateful to everyone who attended and supported this remarkable evening,” the Visalia Chamber statement via announcement.

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce serves as a catalyst, convener, and champion for local businesses in Tulare County. With nearly 700 business members, it represents over 45,000 employees to local, county, state and national elected officials. The Chamber actively engages in advocacy, business education, marketing and networking opportunities to support the growth and success of the business community. 

For more information on future events and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Visalia Chamber of Commerce at its office at 220 S. Mooney Blvd, Suite B.

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