The Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce experienced a "busy but productive year" in 2009, according to Steve Garlock, its outgoing executive committee chairman.

The Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce experienced a "busy but productive year" in 2009, according to Steve Garlock, its outgoing executive committee chairman.

Garlock, president of Grady Memorial Hospital, summed up the past year's accomplishments during the chamber's annual auction and dinner at the Conference Center at NorthPointe on Jan. 21.

During the past year, the chamber updated its strategic plan and focused its efforts in four areas: member benefits, economic development, advocacy and building strength within the organization, he said.

Last year also was the year the chamber "turned the corner financially," Garlock said, ending 2009 with a financial surplus. It was the first time in three years that has happened.

He ended by thanking chamber president Holly Quaine for all her work.

"Without her, I don't know where we would be today," he said.

Incoming chairman Scott Cubberly, owner of Cubberly Studios, promised to "continue the positive momentum" in 2010.

"The chamber is well-positioned to be a voice for our (local) businesses," he said.

He also asked for the membership's help in keeping the momentum going by attending chamber events, patronizing chamber member businesses and encouraging businesses to join the chamber.

Cubberly said he set a personal new goal of signing up 40 new members this year.

"I'm a huge believer in the chamber and what it represents and I'm a huge believer in Delaware County," he said.

The event also honored businesses and individuals for their accomplishments and service to the community.

The Animal Hospital of Polaris received the Small Business Award, given to a business that has been in operation for at least five years and has fewer than 50 employees.

Sims Bros. Inc. was honored as the Large Business Award winner.

The Women's Leadership Award was presented to Barb Walters and the Citizens of the Year Award went to Diane Welker and Marge Matthews.

Larry Cline presented the Farm Family of the Year Award to Glenn and Kelly Harsh of Radnor.

Two new awards were established this year.

The Innovation in Business Award went to Sky Climber, LLC, and the Quality of Life Award was presented to the United Way of Delaware County.

Quaine presented the President's Honor Club Award to Tim Wells.