Looking ahead to the new year, the 15th-annual Bell Business Awards are slated for Thursday, Feb. 10 at La Place Rendez-Vous.
But what the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce now needs is nominations for businesses to win those awards.
Chamber manager Anthony Mason said he’d like to see plenty of nominations come in prior to the nomination deadline on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and encouraged people to take the opportunity to recognize a deserving business or individual.
“Basically, what it is is a celebration of the accomplishments of each person in the business sector,” Mason noted.
“Plus, it’s a chance for people to show their support of businesses in Rainy River District, to keep it strong.
“We’re grateful that people are out there providing the services and the providing the products we need in the Rainy River District,” he added.
The public can pick up nomination forms at the Chamber office (474 Scott St.), or e-mail Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll e-mail one back.
They then are asked to fill out those forms to nominate an individual or business they feel is deserving in any of the following categories:
•Business of the Year (1-15 employees);
•Business of the Year (16+ employees);
•Employee of the Year;
•Business Woman of the Year;
•Entrepreneur of the Year;
•Customer Service (business);
•Customer Service (individual);
•Tony Beyak Memorial Volunteer of the Year;
•Safety Award (business/individual);
•Small Business Trainer of the Year; and
Nominees for the Accessibility Award can be individuals or businesses that have contributed to reducing barriers for people with disabilities.
This can be through raising awareness, architectural improvements, promoting the volunteer contributions of people with disabilities, the inclusion of people with disabilities in leisure/recreational activities, as learners or in the workplace, or a combination of the above.
Nominees do not have to belong to the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce to be eligible to win.
In fact, many past winners have been individuals and businesses from across the district.