Business/Organization of the Year Nominees
One of the true measures of a business enterprise is what it gives back to the community. Do they support local charities and events? Do they get involved in activities that help foster the development of a community’s people and its economy?
Lively Insurance/Realty and Family: I would like to nominate the Lively Insurance/Realty and the family for their dedication to our community as the 2013 Business of the Year. The late James E. Lively Sr., his wife Loretta and the employees sit on numerous boards, serve on committees and volunteer countless hours. The Lively family has run two successful businesses for many years. The businesses remain viable in today’s economy due to good lead leadership and investments. Their businesses are not limited to Oak Hill, but extend past the county line.
It was their vision and drive that has seen the Lively Family Amphitheater in Oak Hill become a reality. The success of their businesses in our community has come back to endow us with his awesome facility for all to enjoy. The Lively family and their employees are true community servants. Thank you for your consideration of the Lively Insurance/Realty and the family for their many years of exemplary community citizenship.
Whipple Company Store and Appalachian Heritage Museum: I’m nominating the Whipple Company Store as a local business that promotes preservation, opportunity and growth in Fayette County. Joy and Chuck Lynn are dedicated to preserving the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum not only is preserving the history, heritage and stories of the West Virginia coal fields through interactive museum tours, they reach out to many by promoting educational opportunities to our citizens as well as those beyond our borders.
With the Boy Scout Initiative, they completed a newly-placed amphitheater that will host many performances in the years to come.
In an effort to make history current, they plan to host a new 4-H club. Students have benefited from this program at the company store since the first club was introduced in 1929. It will once again be a place where youth can benefit from community and leadership development opportunities.
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