CONCORD >> The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce Wednesday honored the people responsible for putting one the county’s biggest events and a borough business that often helps behind the scenes.
Members of the Iron Hill Race Series Board received recognition for the ongoing success of the cycling event held annually in West Chester for the last 11 years, while Market Street Print & Copy was recognized as the chamber’s 2015 Business of the Year
Chamber President Mark Yoder said the hard work of the Iron Hill board members had turned it into “the premier cycling event” in the Delaware Valley.
“Each member of the Iron Hill Race Series Board puts in an incredible amount of time before
and during the event to make sure everything goes smoothly,” Yoder said in announcing the award. “We couldn’t do it without their time and expertise. On the day of the event most of the
team is working 12-plus hours. It’s a lot of work for volunteers and we are honored to recognize
them with the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award.”
Members of the board are: Brian Dickerson, Dickerson’s Vineyards; Frank Dulin; Jay Gundel,
Jay Gundel Associates; Jeff Kitchen, Edward Jones Financial Advisors; Mac Neilon, Penn Office
Products; Viktor Ohnjec, M2VP; Steve Pinkston, Steve Pinkston and Others; Jane Shields,
MacElree Harvey; and Rick Stevenson, West Chester University.
Neilon accepted the award for the group on Wednesday at the chamber luncheon held at the Concord Country Club.
“It’s great to be recognized,” Neilon said, “but it’s also very, very humbling.”
The race, and its continued success, “represents what West Chester is capable of,” Neilon added.
Attendance at the race has grown each year; it started with about 3,000 spectators in 2005 and had an estimated 20,000 attendees in 2015.
Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline, who attended Wednesday’s luncheon with her two fellow commissioners and about 100 chamber members, said the Iron Hill Race reflects the spirit of volunteerism that exists throughout the county.
“It shines a lot of positive light on Chester County,” Kichline said.
The chamber’s Business of the Year also has a connection to the race, according to a background article provided by the chamber.
On the morning of the race on Aug. 8, members of the chamber staff encountered a last-minute challenge: they needed magnetic signs for the event’s pace car. They called Kelly, who promptly went into the office, created the signs and delivered them to the chamber in plenty of time for the first race, the article noted.
“Making those signs for us on the morning of the race is a perfect example of Tim’s willingness to help in whatever way he can,” said Yoder, adding that Kelly also serves on the Marketing Committee, is a sponsor of the annual Golf Outing and a staunch supporter of the ThinkShopBuyLocal program. “The Chamber is grateful for his support and honored to recognize Market Street Print & Copy as its Business of the Year.”
In his address to the chamber, Kelly said he’s been in the printing business since 1975. It’s a business that requires him to be an artist, photographer, chemist and electrician.
Kelly started his own business in 1995 in his West Goshen garage, going full-time in 2001. By 2005 he was ready to expand. He purchased Market Street Print & Copy that same year. He is the third owner of the company, which he estimates started during the 1960s at 12 W. Market Street. The business moved to its current location at 204 W. Market Street in 2011.
The company offers a full range of printing services including clothing, banners and signs, letterhead and brochures. Customers can order and design on-line via the company’s website.
About 10 years ago, the industry became digital driven, creating more change in a decade than had existed in all the years before, Kelly said.
“The only thing you need to be in the printing business today is nuts,” he said.
He said he has three main groups that he deals with as a businessman: customers, employees and vendors.
“My number one group is employees, because if you don’t have good employees you can’t have happy customers or work well with vendors,” Kelly said.
County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone said Chester County businesses make it a point to give back to the community
“Market Street Print & Copy and the people there are great examples of that,” Cozzone said.
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