Business Excellence Award winners chosen

Daily Staff Report

The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority have announced the winners of its 2014 Business Excellence Awards.

Chef David Gedney of J’s Gourmet received a $1,000 award, which will be used to purchase a new stove for his restaurant.

Linda Hassenplug of Little Rugratz Daycare received a $700 award, which will help purchase new playground equipment recently mandated by the commonwealth.

Auctioneer Kristie Brown of Bearfoot Enterprises LLC received a $500 award, which will purchase a microphone and speaker system for her live auctions.

This is the fourth year that the Business Excellence Awards have been presented. According to EDA Chairwoman Patty Wines, the program has awarded more than $5,200 in grants to small business owners in total.