The Marlboro Chamber of Commerce celebrated some of the county's most integral people and businesses at its recent annual meeting.
Chamber President Janelle Bakagiannis said the event was a way of thanking members for supporting the chamber during the year.
Awards were given to Northeastern Technical College, Business of the Year; Sully Blair of Sully Blair State Farm Insurance, Business Person of the Year; S.C. House of Representatives member Patricia Henegan, Community Leader; and Marian Wright Edelman Public Library, Non-profit of the Year.
Chamber President Janelle Bakagiannis said the hurricanes in 2018 were a large event in the community.
She added in deciding the recipients for the awards, they decided to look at members who stood out for being amazing examples of businesses and persons in the community.
"We looked for companies and individuals that took such a bad situation and decided to let it influence their deeds and giving," Bakagiannis said.
NETC received the Business of the Year award. Bakagiannis said while the ribbon cutting for the new campus on Oakwood Street was in February, the NETC opened the campus before it was finished to allow the National Guard, the Red Cross, FEMA, and others to use the facilities during the hurricanes.
"They provided much-needed donations of various kinds, coming alongside those in our community who had a need, and those helping them," she said.
Blair was named Business Person of the Year. During the hurricanes, he and his team stayed in their boarded-up office so they would be available to file claims for customers.