Chamber Awards Nominations Being Accepted
By Polly Schneider
Small towns like ours are full of unique and committed individuals and organizations. We have outstanding business owners, educators, volunteers and organizations that use their extraordinary talents in ways that benefit the whole community. They share these talents not only through their occupations, but also as volunteers who are passionate about our community, our issues, and our children. So it is the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce’s privilege to honor five of these individuals, two businesses and one organization at our Annual Chamber Awards Dinner.
The Chamber Annual Dinner committee has the job of collecting nomination forms (available on this page, at The Chamber of Commerce office, on Cheboygan.com and can be emailed via request at firstname.lastname@example.org
) from the citizens of Cheboygan County who want to recognize these exceptional individuals and organizations. The Annual Dinner committee is asking for your help; please take a moment to nominate an individual, business or organization for one or more of these awards. The following is a brief description of each Award.
Frances & Gordon Spies Community Image Award: This award recognizes a Chamber member business, organization or individual that contributes to the growth of the Cheboygan community, and does so by demonstrating a passion for improving our community’s image.
Debbie Mesler Award: This award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in their volunteerism to the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Events.
Citizen of the Year: This award recognizes an individual who exemplifies excellence in community service and leadership through their hard work, integrity and dedication to Cheboygan.
Educator of the year, presented by Citizens National Bank: This award recognizes a local educator who has contributed in an extraordinary way to their students, school and community.
Business Person of the Year: This award recognizes a Chamber member individual who exemplifies excellence in their field and leadership through their hard work, integrity and dedication to Cheboygan.
Organization of the Year: This award recognizes a member organization that, within the past year, has made a tremendous impact on the community by visibly promoting and achieving the goals of their organization through service to the community.
Business of the Year: This award recognizes a Chamber member business that has achieved success and growth through expansion, hiring new employees, innovation, advancements in technology, and/or exemplifies outstanding commitment to their employees and community.
New this year, The Entrepreneurial Business of the Year Awards. This award recognizes a member business that is a new entrepreneurial endeavor and is within its first 5 years of existence. This business identified a need in the community, launched a new business to fill that need and has experienced success because of their entrepreneurial spirit.
Each year these awards are presented during the Annual Awards Dinner, which will be held Thursday March 21st, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are on sale now online at www.cheboygan.com
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in the event calendar and at the Chamber of Commerce office. This year’s dinner is brought to you by EXIT Realty Premier and will be catered by Great Lakes Grill. There will be a networking hour with entertainment at 5:00pm, dinner to follow at 6:00 pm and the Awards Ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm. To conclude the evening, winners of the Gift Basket Ticket Auction, 50/50 raffle, and the always popular Mystery Box Jewelry Raffle will be announced.
This yearly event can only be made possible through the generous contributions of our Chamber Members. There are still sponsorship opportunities available for this year’s Awards Dinner, call the Chamber at 231-627-7183 for details on how you can be part of this prestigious event. We’d like to recognize the following business’s that have already pledged their support at varying levels. Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan, EXIT Realty Premier, mBank, Citizens National Bank, Bishop GMC Cadillac Inc.,
The Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Ambassadors, and staff are looking forward to recognizing our Award Winners, and celebrating their accomplishments with our Chamber members and the community. Honoring these individuals and organizations is just one way that our Chamber of Commerce LEADS our community. We strive to fulfill our mission of L
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upport and in a community of strong volunteers, forward thinking business professionals, top notch educators and committed organizations, we are proud to say that our mission is being carried out daily!