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Delano to ‘rock the boat, baby’ with this year’s chamber banquet
Feb. 21, 2011
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Coborn’s to be honored as business of the year

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

DELANO, MN – Delano’s business of the year was announced Thursday afternoon at the general meeting of the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, and banquet organizers are planning on “rocking the boat” to celebrate Coborn’s, along with the accomplishments of the past year.

The Delano Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee accepted nominations and recently chose the business of the year. Some past recipients include Dave’s Town Club (2010), Star West Chevrolet-Honda Sports (2009), Delano Herald Journal (2008), and Landscape Structures (2007). This year’s banquet will take place Saturday, March 19 at B’s on the River.

“I’m very honored to have this award,” said store manager Joe Tipka. “It comes very easy to do business in this great community of Delano. We feel very fortunate to do business here, and we’re glad we can be part of the Delano community and help out in any way we possibly can with different fundraisers, community events, and school events.”

Tipka expressed his appreciation to those who nominated his business as business of the year.

“I feel that, in 2010, Coborn’s really went out of its way to support the Delano community,” wrote one nominee. “With donations of money and products, they really contributed to many events in town. But I nominate them based on their time and commitment to making our town a better place to live and improving the quality of life for our residents. By being a leader and volunteering to help work and organize so many events, they have really made Delano a great place to live.”

Another nominee felt Coborn’s is “a very valuable asset to our community . . . hands down.”

“We’re very happy we were nominated,” Tipka said. “I’m looking forward to this year and being able to continue to promote and serve Delano.”

Amy Johnson, president of Maratona Communication, who has served on the chamber’s board of directors with Tipka for several years, said, “ever since Joe Tipka has been our local manager, Coborn’s has been actively involved in and supported every community event.”

Johnson cited some examples including helping increase profits for the Delano Fourth of July Celebration, making numerous donations, and also helping upgrade the pork chop stand at Central Park with stainless steel equipment.

“It goes beyond the donations,” Johnson added. “The company has allowed its manager and employees to be actively involved in the chamber, and Joe served a one-year term as president. He has worked to cross-promote other businesses.”

Banquet organizer John Tackaberry said the chamber’s banquet this year is about just that – promoting businesses.

“This is a chamber banquet, but it’s for the entire community,” Tackaberry said. “It’s about promoting business and goodwill.”

The dinner will also serve as a “preemptive strike” to flood relief, and build up to a big event being planned in Delano Saturday, March 26. This event will include commemorative T-shirt sales, a flood fun run, and more events still in the works surrounding the crest of the Crow River this year.

Tackaberry chose the “Rock the Boat” theme from The Hues Corporation’s 1974 hit song to create activity, and said “it’s doing something, it’s positive forward. It’s about ‘let’s rock the boat’ and do something forward.”

Tackaberry said since Tipka is the chamber’s outgoing president and his company was also named business of the year, there will be a few special surprises in store for Tipka during the banquet.

The entire Coborn’s company was also named the 2011 National Independent Grocer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters magazine in New York.

“You won’t want to miss it,” Tackaberry said, adding that banquet tickets are being sold first-come, first-served for the all-you-can-eat dinner buffet. He said 200 tickets will be available for the dinner event and are now on sale at Crow River Bank, State Bank of Delano, Star West Chevrolet-Honda Sports, the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce office, and at Coborn’s.

Ticket prices are $15/single or $25/couple. Happy hour will take place from 6 to 7 p.m., the all-you-can-eat dinner will be from 7 to 8 p.m., and entertainment sponsored by Crow River Bank will follow. Hawaiian leis and “cruise” party favors will be available, courtesy of the State Bank of Delano.

A live and silent auction will also be taking place as part of the event. To contribute or inquire about auction items, contact Johnson at (763) 972-9968.

For additional information on the banquet, contact Tackaberry at (763) 972-2984.

Criteria for business of the year

The business of the year award spotlights a successful Delano business that has met the following criteria: preferably a chamber member; in business for at least one year; provides consistent service and/or products to its customers and community; promotes Delano’s community events and encourages employees to be involved; promotes other Delano businesses by showing support and referring customers, etc.; has not received this award in the last five years.

For more information, visit www.delanochamber.com.

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