The Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its annual Chamber awards for 2018.

Northfield VFW Post 6768 and post commander Joe Scherma were named the winners of the Small Town Hero Award.

Scherma was instrumental in making the Nordonia Hills Veterans Memorial a reality, according to Chamber CEO Laura Sparano. In September 2017, the American Legion Nordonia Hills Post 801 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Northfield Post 6768, conducted a dedication ceremony at the Nordonia Hills Veterans Memorial Park, Route 82 and South Bedford Road, Macedonia

"Future generations will learn to respect what came before them, as current generations look back on the sacrifices that were made to keep our freedoms intact. For that reason, we select Joe Scherma and VFW Post 6768 as our 2018 Small Town Hero," Sparano said.

This year’s NHCOC Star is April Thomas, owner of Panda Promotions in Mayfield Heights.

"April is an extremely talented professional who combines drive, integrity, a sense of humor and a great personality to propel her business and our Chamber to great success," Sparano said. "As a member of the Board of Directors, Expo and Holliday Party Committees, April has put her profits second, and her business community first."

Thomas is always ready to help others promote their business in a classy yet inexpensive way, she said, adding, "And most importantly, if you need a friend, she’s always there — no charge."

2018 Small Business of the Year award goes to Nancy Zajac, a licensed insurance agent for Northfield HealthMarkets.

Zajac has gone "above and beyond the call of duty for the Chamber, the community and her clients," Sparano said. As NHCOC treasurer, she works extra hard to keep the books and makes sure all bills are paid in a timely manner. She has opened her office to new agents and enjoys helping them on their journey to success.

She said Zajac continues to share her board room and offer educational opportunities to the community about health care and related topics. And she will spend hours with each client to make sure they have the right health care coverage, regardless if they are buying that coverage from her or another agent.