Nominees needed

Rainy River District residents are notorious for being “last-minute” when it comes to purchasing tickets for fundraisers and events, or signing up to participate in this or that.
“tour de Fort” passport sales and the supper/auction coming up in Emo in support of the district handi-transit van are just two of the most recent examples that come to mind.
Thankfully, district residents come through the vast majority of the time, although often at the expense of gray hair for the organizers (that is, if they haven’t already pulled it out).
As such, perhaps it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that this infamous “last-minute syndrome” also is affecting nominations for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s annual business awards—with just three received as of late this morning.
What is a head-scratcher, though, is that this year’s trickle of nominees comes on the heels of the Chamber’s most successful awards banquet last October—when a record 96 individuals and businesses were nominated in 13 categories.
With all district businesses eligible for awards (not just those based in Fort Frances), there certainly shouldn’t be a shortage of nominees. All that’s needed is people taking the time to nominate a person or business for the various awards up for grabs, including business of the year, employee of the year, entrepreneur of the year, and business woman of the year, and customer service.
Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office on Scott Street, as well as at various locations around the district. They also can be downloaded from the Chamber’s website at
Take the time to nominate a worthy individual or business prior to the Oct. 6 deadline. The annual awards banquet offers a great opportunity to applaud the successes of the past year—and salute the importance of small business to a vibrant community.