Chamber seeking award nominations

By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]

The Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual awards program.

The nomination period is open for eight awards the chamber hands out, including one award it has reinstated.

Every year for about the past decade, the chamber has awarded local businesses and individuals for their contributions to the community and the local economy, according to chamber President Randy Collins.

According to the statement Collins released, the chamber has reinstated an Administrative Professional of the Year Award. The award, and the luncheon at which it was presented, was discontinued in 2015.

“The Administrative Professional of the Year is presented to a person who works in an organization in an administrative capacity,” explains the statement. “The award recognizes someone who performs at a high level and is critical to the business team.”

While the award is back, the luncheon at which it was once presented is not. Instead, the award will be presented along with seven others at the chamber’s annual awards luncheon at noon on March 23 at Cross Creek Country Club.

The other six awards are the same as in years past. They include the Business Longevity Award, given to a local business which has been in the community at least 20 years, the Green Business Award for a business which is environmentally friendly and the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, which is given to an outstanding community non-profit organization.

Also on tap to be presented are an Outstanding Public Service Award, given to a person in the community who is a great public servant; an Ambassador of the Year, which is presented to an outstanding member of the Chamber Ambassadors; and an Excellence in Tourism Award, to a business which strongly supports the tourism industry.

A Small Business of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding local business which employs 100 or fewer people. That business “should be involved in the community, the environment, innovation and creativity.”

The chamber is actively seeking nominations for the aforementioned awards, according to Collins’ statement.

Collins said his job is to gather as many nominations as is possible. Once he does that, a committee reviews the nominations to pick the winners. Every year “a handful” of nominees are submitted in each category, meaning the chamber generally receives 30 to 40 nominations.

Collins said part of the job of the chamber is to tell the stories of local businesses making contributions in the community.

“We are seeking out businesses and individuals who are overdue for some recognition,” explained Collins. “They do what they do everyday without recognition, and we want to tell those stories.”

Collins also noted a business is not barred from nominating itself. Though it may appear self-serving, nobody can tell the story of a business better than the business itself.

With the exception of its Citizen of the Year Award, the annual business awards is the only awards program the chamber offers. Thus, Collins said the time is now to nominate a business or individual who fits into any of the eight categories.

Nomination forms are available by contacting Randy Collins at [email protected]

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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