The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced its Business Awards recipients for 2018. Every year, the Chamber Business Awards look at proactive and exciting members who are part of the area’s business community, which its nomination committee selects for consideration. “Many exciting businesses and individuals were nominated in this process, making selecting only one for each award challenging,” Troy Hooper, chairman of the chamber, said in a prepared statement. The Business Awards are made up of five categories. This year’s recipient for Business of the Year is Kaiser Permanente, which has offices in Santa Clarita and Canyon Country. Scorpion, the Valencia-based internet marketing firm, earned the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Under the Rising Star category, Heather Duncan and Daniel Leary are the chosen recipients for their media production company Three Leaves. Pam and Dennis Verner, who run SCV Commercial Real Estate, have earned the Volunteer Service Award. Capt. Robert Lewis, of the SCV Sheriff’s Station, is the Public Service Award recipient. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the recipients of this year’s Business Awards,” Nancy Starczyk, incoming chamber chair of the board for 2019, said in a statement. “The recipients have shown themselves to be integral members of the business community through their dedication and hard work.” Recipients will receive their awards at the chamber’s 95th Annual Awards and Installation Gala, which starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. The event will have an honorary host committee with dignitaries like Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, other members of the City Council and county Supervisor Kathryn Barger. Tickets for the 2019 Awards and Installation Gala can be purchased by visiting bit.ly/2019SCVAwards.