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  • ChamberChoice categories & criteria

  • The ChamberChoice Awards program recognizes businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs 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.

    With a shorter application this year, it’s easier than ever to apply!

    Applications for the 2019 ChamberChoice Awards are now closed.

  • Small Business of the Year

    • 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, 2016).
    • 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

    • 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, 2016).
    • 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

    • 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, 2016).
    • Must be a member in good standing with The Chamber
  • Business of the Year

    • 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, 2016).
    • 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.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year

    • Individual is a founder, owner, CEO or president of a business and is primarily responsible for the recent outstanding achievements and performances of the business.
    • Has been in business in the FMWF community for a minimum of three years (since January 1, 2016).
    • Demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial success that has led to the creation of new wealth and job opportunities in our region.
    • Must be a current member in good standing with The Chamber.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to ethical business practices.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to employee support and development.
    • Demonstrates corporate citizenship and/or community leadership.

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  • Why Participate?

    -12 reasons to apply-

    1. ChamberChoice Awards allow you to enhance the value of your company and build trusted brand recognition in the community.
    2. Multiple categories allow both small and large companies, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs equal chances to win.
    3. Your work will be viewed and honored by potential clients, not just your competitors.
    4. 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.
    5. Winners can use the 2019 ChamberChoice winner logo to promote their organization in the community, as well as in their own marketing materials.
    6. Winners receive a personalized award to display in their office.
    7. 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.
    8. Winners are featured on a digital billboard throughout the community.
    9. Winners receive a member profile article in The Bridge, which has a circulation of over 3,000 in print and over 10,000 online.
    10. An award is a cost-effective way to thank your valued employees, executives and clients for their hard work and dedication.
    11. You, your staff and your company deserve the positive recognition and credibility associated with receiving a ChamberChoice Award.
    12. 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.