Stoodt’s Market owner honored at Richland Chamber’s annual dinner

BELLVILLE — Jason Potes, the owner of Stoodt’s Market in Bellville and Main Street Market in Lexington earned the Business Excellence Award last week as the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce and RCDG doled out their 2019 Economic Excellence Awards.

The Business Excellence Award was given to a business that has experienced strong growth, capital investment, product development, and civic involvement.

In June, Main Street Market opened in Lexington at the site of the old Geyer’s supermarket. Potes also announced recently that an online site is available for both markets. The website address is and customers can order items online. They can then pick those items up at the store, arrange for curbside pickup, or have the items delivered.

Distinguished Performance Awards were given to Barbara Lindsay, president of Commercial Cutting & Graphics and Jay Allred, publisher of theRichland Source. There are given to someone who lives the RCDG mission to “improve the economic vitality of Richland County”, has demonstrated leadership, and aided in the growth of the local economy.

The Economic Impact Award went to the Community Improvement Corporation of Shelby (given to a public sector or non-profit entity for their effort in supporting economic development in Richland County).

The Investing in our Future Award was given to Dr. Dorey Diab, president & CEO of North Central State College (given to a person or program that has significantly contributed to preparing the workforce of the future).

Richland Young Professionals honored:

Jake Penwell, of Penwell Turner Funeral Home, earned the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (given to a local business that either started or reinvented itself in the last 24 months, led/owned by a young professional).

Jennifer Alt, of OhioHealth received the Community Hero award (given to an individual, organization or business that is fully committed to serving the community thereby spurring economic growth and development).

The Richland Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in north central Ohio. They provide benefits, networking and promotional opportunities to businesses to help them prosper.


Staff report