Yorkville business leaders gathered together on Thursday, Feb. 21 to celebrate their successes in the past year, and to look forward to the future during the Yorkville Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner at Whitetail Ridge Golf Course.
"A membership in the Chamber is an investment in your company, and hopefully a seed planted for future growth," Chamber Board President Sarah Allen said.
Allen praised the new members who joined the Chamber in 2018.
"The past year's successes would not have happened without each one of you," she said.
The surge in new business and economic development was a point of pride during the dinner, with mentions going out to new restaurants and businesses that opened up in the downtown area, as well as in-progress projects including a Holiday Inn Express hotel near Route 34 and Route 47 and an increase in home construction.
"I think it's definitely a testament to our community, that as Illinois as a whole is losing residents, we're still growing," Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski said. "It's definitely a testament to our Chamber, our community, and our people here in Yorkville."
To celebrate the success of the chamber, and the city's faith in the organization, Golinski announced that the city of Yorkville will be increasing its chamber membership contribution to $5,000 a year.
During the celebration, several chamber businesses were honored for their work in the past year. Capitano Deli & Sweets was recognized as the New Member of the Year, Yorkville Auto Body was chosen as the Small Business of the Year, and Pesola Media Group was named the Business of the Year.