Maria Dubnicka - Photo By Chris Ramos

Independence, OH—The Chamber Bright Stars for 2017 will be recognized on Thursday, October 26th   at the semi-annual Chamber Leadership meeting and tenth annual Chamber Bright Star Awards presentation of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) at the JACK Thistledown Racino.

About 40 chambers of commerce across northern Ohio nominated a person from their chamber as their “Bright Star,” to recognize a chamber member who has “made a significant impact on the chamber through membership, retention, sponsorship, economic development, operations and/or education.”  Each Bright Star is an active chamber member for no less than two years and is likely to be an unsung hero or a dedicated behind-the-scenes volunteer.

Maria Dubnicka, ComForcare NEO, the Nordonia Hills Chamber Bright Star 2017, will accept her plaque and trophy from Cindy Caldwell, NOACC Chairman and Executive Director of the Beachwood Chamber at the presentation.  Maria is being recognized for her unflagging dedication to her Chamber of Commerce. See related article.

These volunteers represent a wide range of involvement with their respective chambers, some having been a member and/or officer or committee chairman for 20+ years and some being newly involved but each of whom has given freely of his/her time, working hard for their chambers without any expectations.

This is the tenth year for the Chamber Bright Star Awards, and again is giving an opportunity to recognize these volunteers among their peer groups, as chamber representatives, board members and spouses will also be in attendance.

Cindy Caldwell, NOACC Chairman said “A chamber’s success is due in great part to the support from its volunteers.  They are the true cheerleaders of our organizations and deserve our praise and appreciation regularly.” 

All the Bright Star photos and information from previous years is available at  A link to the photos and video from this year’s event are posted on the website.