MASON CITY — Dentists Jay Lala and Matt Hansen, partners in Central Park Dentistry, received the Small Business of the Year award at the Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday at The Music Man Square. 

The event marked the 101st anniversary of the Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Mahaffey, chief development officer at One Vision (formerly Opportunity Village,) received the Boss of the Year award.   

This year’s Distinguished Citizen Award was presented to longtime community volunteer Ozzie Ohl.  The winner is selected each year on the basis of leadership, membership and participation in community organizations, length of residence, and active service to the community. 

For the second year, the Chamber teamed with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health and the Blue Zones Project to recognize a worksite that emulates total worker health and well-being.

The leadership and employees of Metalcraft were recognized for their commitment to an active workplace wellness program. Metalcraft was one of the first worksites to earn Blue Zones Project certification.

Each year Chamber Ambassadors present an award to one of their members who has worked the hardest in support of the Chamber. Steve Kruse was named Ambassador of the Year — a recognition he has received many times throughout his years of service.

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