Blythewood names 2018 business award winners

Sweet Pea’s owners Susan DeMarco and Jamie Harkness.  Jeanne Reynolds photo.  Other images obtained from company websites.

Jerry Rega of Regal Prints, Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream Parlor, Providence Health Northeast and Phil Frye of Peak Brokerage Services have been named winners of annual business awards by the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce.

Rega was named Business Person of the Year. He started Regal Prints in 2002 after a 20-year corporate career. The business now includes three locations with the recent purchase of Capital City Printing in downtown Columbia. In addition to his entrepreneurial success, Rega is also actively involved in the community including donating printed materials to the Sparkle Caps Project, which provides cancer patients a gift bag for their first chemo session.

Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream was named Small Business of the Year. Owners Susan DeMarco and Jamie Harkness operate a storefront on McNulty Road as well as a mobile cart popular at area events. DeMarco and Harkness serve ice cream to underprivileged families during Richland School District Two’s summer feeding program, collect warm clothes for the homeless, and school supplies for needy children. Sweet Pea’s was recently recognized as one of the first eateries in the Midlands to offer recyclable straws.

Providence Health Northeast was named Large Business of the Year. The hospital has transitioned from a specialty orthopedic hospital to a full-service community hospital, offering urology, cardiology, general surgery, outpatient imaging and an emergency room. It offers the only Mako robotic surgery in the Midlands, and will soon open a new catheter lab, nuclear medicine and a cystoscopy room.

Frye was named winner of the Community Service award. He attends nearly every chamber function and ribbon cutting, volunteers for committees and personally delivers chamber information to the town’s business community. Frye serves on the chamber board and is the current board chair-elect.

The award winners will be recognized at the chamber’s annual Mingle & Jingle Awards Gala Friday night at Doko Manor in Blythewood’s Doko Meadows Park.

“This year’s winners exemplify success, hard work, and giving back,”
said Deborah Humphries, chair of the chamber’s gala committee.

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