Business award nominations trickling in

Although the forms only have been available for about a week, nominations are starting to trickle in for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s seventh-annual business awards.
 ”We have about 18 so far,” Chamber co-ordinator Dawn Booth said this morning. “So it’s slow like it was last year.
“The nomination deadline is March 1 so we still have a few weeks left,” she added. “We expect to get about 50 nominations. That’s what we average each year.”
The awards will be handed out at the Chamber’s annual banquet March 23 at the Red Dog Inn, and Booth is confident people once again will take the opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of local businesses.
Categories include Business of the Year (one-15 employees and 16+ employees); Employee of the Year (private-sector and not-for-profit); Training and Adjustment; Abitibi-Consolidated Safety Awards (business and individual); Customer Service (business and individual); and Entrepreneur of the Year.
Sponsors include CFOB, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Bearskin Airlines, Rainy River Fire Development Corp., the Northwest Training & Adjustment Board, Good Impressions Printing, and Abitibi-Consolidated.
Booth said there hasn’t been any real trends in which businesses are being nominated for which awards in the 15 nominations that have come in so far.
“In the past, customer service has been more popular because the forms were easier to fill out,” she noted.
“And everybody sees customer service—some of the other awards aren’t quite as apparent to people,” Booth admitted. “But this year should be more spread out because we made the forms more simple.”
Nomination forms have been sent out to Chamber members. They also are available at the Chamber office (474 Scott St.) or at some Chamber-affiliated businesses.
For more info on the banquet, call Booth at 274-5773.