Chamber names Western Reserve Harley-Davidson Business of the Year

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The owners of Western Reserve Harley-Davidson and Honda have been honored as the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Business of the Year.

Owners Stacy and Zoli Dudevszky support more than 70 charities, including the Deepwood Run, the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Ride, the annual Never Forget 9/11 benefit in Eastlake and contributions to institutions like Lake Erie College and Cleveland State University, according to the Mentor News-Herald.

"This was an experience beyond what I ever expected. I was quite surprised and grateful to be acknowledged in this way,” says Stacy Dudevszky. "But we are not the ones that made this happen. It's our volunteers, our employees and everyone that stands and supports us, our customers, and we certainly can't do it without the Lord in our lives."

"When looking at businesses, we look at some with longevity in the community," Mentor Chamber executive director Marie Pucak told the newspaper, "and (Western Reserve) really has all of that. With all of the community events that they do, they're really a great group of people."

The 56,000-square-foot dealership is home to the state-supported Harley-Davidson Rider's Edge Academy of Motorcycling.

The business was about 24,000 square feet when they opened it in 2000, but have expanded twice since. Separate buildings house Harley and Honda, a service shop, winter storage space, a machine shop and bike wash.

Western Reserve also has PG&A and rentals. The 30-employee company also has the space to host benefit breakfasts and HOG gatherings.

Posted by Holly Wagner