BATAVIA – The Batavia Chamber of Commerce announced the 2020 Donna Dallesasse Award winner is Harriet Parker, manager of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College, according to a news release from the Chamber.
According to the release, the Batavia Chamber holds an annual Harvest Celebration to honor a Chamber member who has displayed an outstanding commitment and dedication to the Chamber's mission, vision, and values. This member is recognized as the annual Donna Dallesasse Award recipient.
In his letter of nomination, Roman Seckel of Drendel & Jansons Law Group, currently a director with the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and a past-chairman of the board, touted Parker’s commitment to the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and the business community.
“It is over the last several months with COVID impacting our Chamber and area businesses, that Harriet has truly given of herself,” Seckel wrote. “Others in her position could have simply sent out links to articles or emails, but I cannot fathom how many hours she spent in Zoom meetings gathering information, disseminating information and otherwise sharing her knowledge with businesses who woke up one morning in a brave new world.”
Margaret Perreault, CEO and president of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce agreed with Seckel's statement.
“Last spring, when businesses shut down and the government announced various business and financial assistance, our members and the community turned to us for information,” Perreault stated. “Harriet immediately went to work, helping us dissect the mountains of information coming from many sources to determine what the business community really needed to know.
“She wholeheartedly helped my staff and I better serve the business community with these critical resources,” she added. “Harriet continues to generously share her business acumen with our members and us – I am extremely pleased with the Board’s decision to give this year’s Donna Dallesasse Award to her.”
Parker serves on the Batavia Revitalization Committee organized by the Batavia Chamber. She is co-owner of HubTack, Inc., a web-based business serving land surveyors and engineers, which she started and runs with her husband, Andy. Additionally, she is on the Aurora Business Acquisition and Retention Committee, a subcommittee of the Aurora Downtown organization, the release stated.
In 2011, she collaborated with community leaders to help launch the Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center, and partners with them to refer clients to their business accelerator program.
According to the release, this is the 14th year the Chamber has given the Donna Dallesasse Award. Chamber members are invited join in celebrating the contributions Harriet Parker has made to the Chamber, and the greater community.
This year's Harvest Celebration will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oscar Swan Country Inn, 1800 W. State St., Geneva.
The cost of the event is $40 per person and includes food, live music and more. A cash bar will be available.
Registration for this event is required. Because of pandemic restrictions, total attendance will be restricted, and masks will be required. To guarantee a spot, call 630-879-7134 or visit https://www.bataviachamber.org/events to register online.