A Shelton businessman and public official have been honored by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC). They received Regional Impact Awards from the business organization. Eric Hendlin, managing principal of Shelton-based Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala P.C., won the Volunteer of the Year Award. State Sen. Kevin Kelly, whose district includes all of Shelton, received the Legislator of the Year Award. The awards were presented at the BRBC\u2019s 141st annual meeting and luncheon at the Trumbull Marriott on June 8, attended by over 300 business and community leaders. Volunteer of the Year Award Eric Hendlin, managing principal of Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, is in his sixth year as BRBC treasurer. He received the BRBC\u2019s Barnum Financial Group Impact Volunteer of the Year Award. Working with nonprofits is one of Hendlin\u2019s areas of expertise, so he\u2019s been able to offer guidance to the BRBC\u2019s leadership and finance operations. He also serves as a volunteer on numerous nonprofit boards. Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala is an accounting firm located on Corporate Drive in Shelton. Legislator of the Year Award State Sen. Kevin Kelly, representing the 21st District, is considered an avid supporter of the jobs growth agenda of the state\u2019s business community. Kelly was given the AT&T Regional Impact Legislator of the Year Award. According to the BRBC, Kelly \u201cis conscientious and articulate, and the regional business community counts [Kelly] as a reasonable voice for a pro jobs agenda.\u201d Kelly\u2019s district includes all of Shelton as well as parts of Monroe, Seymour and Stratford. He is a Republican in his third term. Kelly lives in Stratford and is an attorney. Showcasing development efforts The BRBC event was a celebration and showcase of both regional economic development and the businesses and individuals that have had a positive impact on the greater Bridgeport area. Highlighted were the economic contributions of the region\u2019s higher education leaders (Fairfield University, Housatonic Community College and Sacred Heart University), and the region\u2019s hospitals (Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center). The event was sponsored by Aetna, Bank of America, People\u2019s United Bank, and UIL Holdings Corp. Other award winners Other Impact Award winners were: \u2014 Stratford\u2019s Business Education Support Team (known as BEST), a partnership between the Stratford Chamber of Commerce and the Stratford public schools, won the Educator of the Year Award. The group\u00a0 facilitates collaborative relationships between business and education. \u2014 Bridgeport Bio-Diesel, which produces bio-fuels from brown and yellow grease, won the Green Business Award. The company is greatly increasing its production capacity and employees \u2014 going from 6 to 35 positions \u2014 at the new Eco-Technology Park. \u2014 Bridgeport Landing and Steelpointe Harbor Development won the Economic Development Award. Four new businesses \u2014 including a Bass Pro Shop \u2014 are expected to open at the waterfront site off Interstate 95 by the end of this year. About the BRBC The Bridgeport Regional Business Council is an 800-member organization of businesses within the Bridgeport region working to create an environment for business expansion, retention and recruitment that will result in jobs and tax base growth.