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  • What a night!

    Nearly 500 were in attendance for our 2018 Annual Meeting March 15 at Riverside Golf Club, and it truly was a memorable night for the Grand Island business community! 

    We honored recipients of the Hall of Fame award, Small Business of the Year, the Outlier Award and the Richard Good Distinguished Service Award. In addition, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce's Top 35 Under 35 was also recognized.

    We are grateful for the presence of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, who helped us congratulate each of the award winners! We also extend a special thank you to our main event sponsors: First National Bank, the Nebraska State Fair, NorthWestern Energy, Principal and Dinsdale Automotive.

    Hall of Fame Award: Century 21/Da-Ly Realty
    Da-Ly Realty was started in 1961 by two local businessmen as a real estate and insurance agency. Through the next four decades, ownership passed to several new partners until 2008 when Jeff Reed took the role. That same year, Da-Ly Realty affiliated with the Century 21 brand. That affiliation boosted Da-Ly Realty into a new realm, and today, the business captures 49 percent of the real estate market in Grand Island. Currently 45 independent contractors are associated with Century 21/Da-Ly Realty, up more than 150 percent from 2008.

    Small Business of the Year Award: GIX Logistics
    GIX Logistics’ management team sat down five years ago and made it their mission to be the best freight brokerage company in the country. Now, they are one of the most rapidly growing third-party logistics companies in the nation since starting in 2006. GIX Logistics has a carrier database composed of 15,000 reliable carrier companies who ship a variety of different loads across the 48 contiguous states and parts of Canada. It also has access to over 225,00 pieces of equipment to deal with any shipping arrangement.

    Richard Good Distinguished Service Award: Pam Lancaster
    Pam Lancaster has served more than 20 years on the Hall County Board of Supervisors, including an unprecedented number of successive one-year terms as Board Chair. As a County Board Supervisor, Pam participates in a number of County committees, including: Corrections Steering, Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant, Midland Area Ageny on Aging, Personnel, Senior Citizens, and Union Negotations. In 2005, she was named the Grand Island Independent’s Woman of the Year.

    Outlier Award: The Grand Foundation
    The Grand Foundation is 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates the Grand Theatre in downtown Grand Island. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Grand Foundation exists to provide arts, entertainment and social interaction, as well as preserve the last historic movie palace in Grand Island. The Grand Foundation, which was formed in the summer of 2004 by a group of downtown business leaders, has also hosted town hall events.


  • The following individuals have been named the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce's Top 35 Under 35 for 2018!

    Ibby Allan, Green Line Equipment
    Sarah Arthur, Hornady Manufacturing
    Bianca Ayala, Grand Island Public Schools
    Dr. Rachel Brown-McDonald, Cottonwood Dental
    Grady Erickson, Mayer, Burns & Koenig Law Firm
    Andy Gdowski, Equitable Bank
    Jenna Grenier, Lutz
    Bethany Guzinski, Wood Bros. Realty
    Jessica Hanson, Cottonwood Dental
    Dr. Tyler Hanson, Eyecare Professionals
    Phil Hranac, Edward Jones
    Sarah Koch, Heartland CASA
    Shane Labenz, CMBA Architects
    Cole Larsen, Chief Buildings
    Mitch Maire, Cobler Chiropractic
    Erin McMillan, CHI Health St. Francis
    Jana Meyer, Essential Personnel Inc.
    Ashley Millard, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
    Keith Mingus, Five Points Bank
    Adam Musich, Active Family Chiropractic
    Jacqui Nordstrom, Rabo Agrifinance
    Rachael O’Callaghan, Beavercreek Marketing
    Bonnie Oltean, Heartland CASA
    Raece Paulsen, Nebraska Truck Center
    Mark Porter, 10/11 News
    Michael Porter, Wells Fargo Bank
    Cody Raile, Feel Fit
    Jimmy Reed, Century 21 Daly Realty
    JR Rother, Bosselman Enterprises
    Josh Smidt, Hornady Manufacturing
    Dr. CJ Stec, Stec Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
    Joseph Stump, Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth
    Kelsey Trausch, Surgery Group of Grand Island
    Kelly Wilson, GI Area Economic Development
    Mallory Zelasney, State of Nebraska District 9 Probation

  • Fresh Thyme 'unique' store for Grand Island

    Fresh Thyme officially opened this morning at 7 a.m., as brave shoppers lined up in the sub-freezing temperatures to earn a free bag of groceries.

    Needless to say, that’s a worthy example of the excitement surrounding Grand Island’s newest store.

    There were also well over 100 people who attended last night’s ribbon cutting, with hundreds more filing in to take part in a sneak-peak event hosted by Fresh Thyme.

    What they saw was this: a fully-stocked, brightly-lit produce section that covered almost a third of the store; a butcher shop featuring fresh cut meats and seafood that’s flown in daily; barrels of bulk items ranging from flax seeds to locally-roasted coffee beans; loaves of artisan bread; well-organized rows of grocery items running parallel to the freezer section; a huge selection of beers and wines; on-the-go meal options; Earth-friendly health products, and so much more.

    All of that is aligned with Fresh Thyme’s mission: “To improve the way our communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing values - all in a vibrant and fun shopping environment...”

    Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Johnson said that makes Fresh Thyme a ‘unique’ store for Grand Island.

    “We have a regional draw of about 250,000 people who count on Grand Island to provide the product and services they need. And the only we can do that is if we have a unique array of products and services available,” she said. “Fresh Thyme really fits that bill. Thank you Fresh Thyme for making the decision to locate to Grand Island.”




Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce
309 West Second Street
Post Office Box 1486
Grand Island, NE 68802-1486
Phone: 308.382.9210
Fax: 308.382.1154