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Powerhouses of Progress: Spotlighting Two Influential Business Leaders in Our Community

Cedar Orman and Ralph Anderson
Cedar Orman and Ralph Anderson

Cedar Orman, a respected member of the Bedford community, paid a visit to Crowder's Pharmacy to extend her sincere congratulations to Ralph Anderson and his team. The reason for this congratulatory gesture was the recent honor bestowed upon them by the Bedford Chamber of Commerce: the small business of the year award for 2023.

Cedar Orman has always had a deep love for Bedford and Lawrence County, and she quickly became involved with the chamber as soon as she opened Williams Realty at 2206 N Street. Throughout her active years until her retirement, Cedar was known for hosting numerous business events and providing free real estate consulting to contribute positively to the community. Whenever aspiring entrepreneurs reached out to her for advice on starting a new small business, Cedar always recommended getting involved with the chamber as a first step. She credits Ralph Anderson as an excellent role model in this regard.

Cedar's dedication to the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is evident by her past positions of leadership. She served as the chamber's president in 1984 and 1985 and held the vice president position in 1990. In recognition of her outstanding community service, she was honored with the community service award in 1989. Additionally, Cedar served on the Board of Directors from 1992 to 1995, emphasizing her long-term commitment to the chamber's mission.

Beyond her chamber involvement, Cedar Orman's accomplishments also extend to other prestigious recognitions. She proudly received the boss of the year award in 1988 from the American Business Woman's Association, further solidifying her reputation as a highly respected figure in the business community.

Through her visit to Crowder's Pharmacy and her words congratulating Ralph Anderson and the team on their well-deserved small business of the year award, Cedar Orman continues to exemplify her unwavering support for local businesses and her commitment to giving back to the Bedford community. Cedar said Ralph has been a wonderful example for me!

Small Business of the Year 2023

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