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Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce honors business leaders
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Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce honors business leaders

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Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce honors business leaders

Four generations of the Silver family. (Left-Right) Davis, 19 months, Mike, Sylvester, 94 and Jerry Silver of Silver Ridge Farm on Thursday, July 31, 2014. The Silver's own approximately 800 acres, which includes cultivated land, rented land, pasture and woodland. The Silver Farm is one of four century farms in Stafford County, meaning it has been in the same family for at least 100 years.

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce honored area business leaders for their successes, entrepreneurial spirit and community commitment during its annual awards banquet and gala Friday.

The winners are:

Marstel–Day/Stafford Printing Green Frontier Award: Silver Ridge Farm, a Virginia Century Farm and a Virginia Clean Water Farm in southern Stafford County, has a no-till, crop-cover system that enhances soil and makes it more drought resistant, as well as cutting erosion and chemical runoff.

In 2013, the Silver family worked with Stafford to place 88 acres of historic, environmentally sensitive land into a perpetual conservation easement. Silver Ridge also has taken steps to prevent surface water contamination by its livestock operations, and runs a recycling operation.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Billie Armstrong, founder and owner of Salon 730, was recognized for successfully planning and executing a business proposal to fill a regional economic niche. She founded Salon 730 five years ago to offer women and men a complete line of hair and cosmetic services.

Small Business of the Year: Infinity Technologies, which opened in 1996, has for the last 15 years focused the bulk of its work on IT consulting and project management.

The company’s staff also provides pro bono services to several area nonprofit groups, including Empowerhouse, The Gladys H. Oberle School and the Thurman Brisben Center.

Large Business of the Year: GEICO, a member of the regional business community for 25 years, employs more than 3,500 associates at its facility in Stafford County. It is active in the chamber and partners with a number of local institutions.

Community Impact Award: Central Rappahannock Region Library was honored as a business or organization that benefits the Fredericksburg region on a daily basis.

The library system sponsors programs that encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies and has created a Maker Lab with a 3–D printer. CRRL also has set up gardens at two of its branches that supplied more than 1,300 pounds of fresh vegetables to local charities.

Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award: University of Mary Washington President Rick Hurley was saluted as an individual who has provided a lifetime of service to the region.

Since assuming the helm of UMW in 2010, he has overseen a period of robust growth that includes construction of the Anderson Center convocation and athletics arena, the opening of the Dahlgren campus and development of the Eagle Village mixed-use development. In addition, he is active in the community and serves on a number of boards

​Cathy Jett: 540.374-5407 

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