published on January 17, 2018 - 1:11 PM
Written by David Castellon

The Tulare Chamber of Commerce has announced its man, woman and businesses of the year.

This year’s winners are:

– Man of the year: David Eddy is a certified public accountant at Adair & Evans accounting and also is treasurer for the Tulare Joint Union High School District Foundation board of directors.

– Woman of the year: Lori Cardoza is a trustee for the College of the Sequoias board of directors and a past president.  She and her husband, David, own Cardoza Company LLC.

– Small business of the year: the dental office of Patricia J. Drilling.

– Large business of the year: Galaxy Theatres.

– Female youth of the year: Meghan Oliveira.

– Male youth of the year: Evan Garcia.

The winners will be honored at a banquet Jan. 26 at the International Agri Center in Tulare, with Garcia and Oliveira each receiving $1,000 scholarships provided by the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Tulare.

“We are excited to provide the occasion to celebrate the businesses and individuals who make Tulare a great place to live, work and play.  They contribute to the well-being of the community and to its economic health,” Chamber CEO Donnette Silva Carter said in a written statement.

“We invite all of Tulare to join us in this evening of networking and celebration.  This truly is an event to commend those who choose to be part of the fabric of Tulare.”

Advance reservations for the Banquet are required to attend, at a cost of $65 per person. Marketing opportunities are available for chamber members who wish to promote their organizations by serving as table decorators or event sponsors.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 686-1547 or go online to,

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