Business award nominations flood in

It looks like the judges will have a hard time picking the winners for the 10th-annual Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce business awards coming up Oct. 29 as a slew of nomination forms were turned by Friday’s deadline.
“We have a total of 85 nominations as of right now,” Chamber office manager Dawn Booth enthused this morning.
“We did very well this year. I’m pleased with the turnout,” she added, noting a total of 65 nominations were submitted last year, listing 55 different nominees.
Booth said while nomination forms have been out for a few weeks, most of them were turned in last week—with a last-minute flood on Friday.
A handful of new awards were introduced this year, with two of those—Business of the Decade and Lifetime Achievement—only being given out at this year’s 10th-anniversary gala.
The other two new awards are Business Woman of the Year and an accessibility award to “recognize outstanding accomplishments and efforts made to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities within Fort Frances and to recognize initiatives that serve to reduce barriers, both social and physical, for people with disabilities.”
In addition to the new ones, there will be winners in categories such as Business of the Year (1-15 employees), Business of the Year (16+ employees), Employee of the Year (private sector), Employee of the Year (not-for-profit), and Entrepreneur of the Year.
Rounding out the categories are the Abitibi-Consolidated Safety Award (business and individual), Customer Service (business and individual), and the Tony Beyak Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award.