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  • ChamberChoice categories, criteria & applications

  • Applications are now closed.

    The ChamberChoice Awards program recognizes businesses, organizations and non-profits in our community for their significant contributions as drivers of economic growth.

  • In order to become a candidate for an award, you must meet the criteria below and complete an application. Any business that has won in a particular category is not eligible to win again in that particular category for five years.

    We’re looking for proven growth or stability, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements. Economic conditions should not deter any qualified applicant.  They will be taken into account when judging employee and revenue growth.

    If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Powell at tpowell@fmwfchamber.com.

    Find the links to each application by clicking the plus (+) icons below.

  • Award categories and applications

  • Small Business of the Year Small Business of the Year

    This award celebrates the small businesses that are the backbone of our communities. Requirements:

    • Has 25 or fewer FTEs.
    • Must be a privately held, for-profit business/organization.
    • Must be a current member in good standing with The Chamber.
    • Has been in business in the FMWF community for a minimum of three years (since January 1, 2018).
    • Shows stability or growth in sales, services and/or number of individuals served and/or expanded products and services.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to ethical business practices.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to employee support and development.
    • Demonstrates corporate citizenship and/or community leadership.

    Business of the Year Business of the Year

    This award recognizes the incredible impact businesses have on their local economies and how they give back.Requirements:

    • Has more than 25 FTEs.
    • Must be a privately held, for-profit business/organization.
    • Must be a current member in good standing with The Chamber.
    • Has been in business in the FMWF community for a minimum of three years (since January 1, 2018).
    • Shows stability or growth in sales, services and/or number of individuals served and/or expanded products and services.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to ethical business practices.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to employee support and development.
    • Demonstrates corporate citizenship and/or community leadership.

    Not-for-Profit of the Year Not-for-Profit of the Year

    This award recognizes the role that non-profits play in the success of our communities and the needs and people that they serve. Requirements:

    • Must be a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit as defined by IRS standards in the FMWF community.
    • Must be a current member in good standing with The Chamber.
    • Has been in business in the FMWF community for a minimum of three years (since January 1, 2018).
    • Shows stability or growth in services and/or number of individuals served and/or expanded programs and services.
    • Proven contribution to the community's overall quality of life.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to ethical business practices.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to employee support and development.

    Young Professionals Best Place to Work Young Professionals Best Place to Work

    This award honors employers that invest in the development of young professionals (YPs) and offer exemplary work environments. Requirements:

    • Employs young professionals who are defined as under 40 years old.
    • Open to all businesses, including not-for-profit and for-profit.
    • Organization supports total YP development.
    • Has been in business in the FMWF community for a minimum of three years (since January 1, 2018).
    • Must be a member in good standing with The Chamber

    Diversity & Inclusion Award Diversity & Inclusion Award

    This award recognizes a business that has made an impactful commitment and visible effort to embrace diversity and inclusion in their workplace and the community. This business will be able to demonstrate their organizational practices are inclusive of all people no matter that person’s race, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

    • Open to all businesses, including not-for-profit and for-profit.
    • Demonstrates support from leadership for diversity efforts, including vision, initiative and clear expectations.
    • Demonstrates intentional creation of policies and procedures that embrace diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
    • Demonstrates key actions and interventions in the building of an inclusive culture.
    • Has been in business in the FMWF community for a minimum of three years (since January 1, 2018).
    • Must be a member in good standing with The Chamber.

    Emerging Business of the Year Emerging Business of the Year

    This award honors companies as ‘rising stars’ due to the actual or potential growth of its business, innovative products or services, and outstanding commitment to its employees and community. Company must be in business three years or less.

    • Has 25 or fewer FTEs.
    • Must be a privately held, for-profit business/organization headquartered in the FMWF community.
    • Has been an established business in the FMWF community for less than three years.
    • Demonstrates a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance, innovation and determination.
    • Demonstrates potential to scale.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to ethical business practices.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to employee support and development.
    • Demonstrates corporate citizenship and/or community leadership.
    • Must be a member in good standing with The Chamber.

    Resilient Business of the Year Resilient Business of the Year

    This award recognizes a business that has overcome significant obstacles, pivoted making alterations in its business structure and function, and/or courageously tried something new and different while maintaining continuous business operations. This business will have quickly acted to reinvent its business model and shown resiliency in the face of adversity.

    • Open to all businesses, including not-for-profit and for-profit.
    • Demonstrates new and innovative ways to adapt and respond to business disruptions while maintaining continuous business operations or pivoting their operations to serve the greater community.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to ethical business practices.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to employee support and development.
    • Demonstrates corporate citizenship and/or community leadership.
    • Must be a member in good standing with The Chamber.

  • Why Participate?

    • ChamberChoice Awards allow you to enhance the value of your company and build trusted brand recognition in the community raising your profile among some of the most influential people in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
    • Multiple categories allow both small and large companies and not-for-profits equal chances to win.
    • Your work will be viewed and honored by potential clients, not just your competitors.
    • Through the application process, your organization will gain a unique view of current operations, a challenge to build upon them and a dynamic opportunity for community awareness.
    • Winners can use the highly commended 2021 ChamberChoice winner logo to promote their organization in the community, as well as in their own marketing materials, website, email signatures, company stationery and social media outlets.
    • Winners receive a personalized award to display in their office.
    • If you win a ChamberChoice Award, you are honored onstage and featured in a short video showcasing your company and why you were selected in front of an audience of more than 700 business and community leaders, as well as online. You can also use it for your own marketing and promotional purposes.
    • Winners are featured on a digital billboard throughout the community.
    • Winners receive a member profile article in The Bridge, which has a circulation of over 3,000 in print and over 10,000 online.
    • Winners will have exposure via The Chamber’s social media outlets.
    • An award is a cost-effective way to thank your valued employees, executives and clients for their hard work and dedication.
    • You, your staff and your company deserve the positive recognition and credibility associated with receiving a ChamberChoice Award. It’s a great morale booster for your staff.
    • The time it takes to fill out the nomination form and application is miniscule when compared to the amount of publicity your company will receive as either a finalist or a winner.
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