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A local bank was honored for its civic contributions in the City of Williamsburg.
Chesapeake Bank was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Williamsburg Business Appreciation Award.
The award is sponsored by the Williamsburg Economic Development Authority, and recognizes businesses that make Williamsburg a better place to live, work and visit.
Businesses must be nominated for the award, and meet several criteria:
- Have a physical presence in the city
- Be in operation for at least five years
- Have fewer than 100 employees
- Demonstrated growth in employees and sales
- Participation in community-oriented projects
The EDA reviews the nominations and votes on an annual winner.
Mayor Clyde Haulman presented the award during the Williamsburg City Council’s June 11 meeting. Haulman said Chesapeake Bank was a worthy recipient of the honor.
“During the recent recession, Chesapeake Bank continued to provide financing for local businesses and residential mortgages, demonstrating its ongoing investment in and support of the community,” Haulman said.
Chesapeake Bank Executive Vice President Marshall Warner accepted the award on behalf of the bank. Warner said civic and charitable participation were central to Chesapeake Bank’s culture.
“We’ve been here since 1998, and we have always encouraged all of our employees to be very involved in civic activities and nonprofits,” Warner said. “We try to give not just with our checkbooks, but more importantly, with our people. We try to encourage volunteering going on in greater Williamsburg.”
Chesapeake Bank opened its location at 1229 Lafayette St. in 1998, and employs more than 30 people in the city.
The Business Appreciation Award was first awarded in 2006. Previous recipients include Ace Hardware, Sal’s by Victor, Aromas and the Blue Talon Bistro.