Chamber seeking nominations for business awards

Staff

Deadline has been extended to Sept. 3. All business in the Rainy River District are eleigible

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the best and brightest in the business world.

The 24th Annual Business Awards are scheduled for Wednesday, September 29. What the Chamber needs now are nominations – lots of nominations. Anyone can nominate, and any business is the Rainy River District is eligible to be nominated.

To nominate an individual or business, e-mail thefort@fortfranceschamber.com or call 274-5773 for a form. Nominations are open until Friday, September 3.

The categories are:

Business Woman of the Year

Presented to a business or professional woman from the Rainy River District who is committed to their growth and development of themselves, their business and the community.

Sponsored by Paro

Home Based Business

This award honours a home operated business that consistently shows excellence and quality. They will have established strong relationships with their customers and conduct their business as a primary or secondary source of income. They must have been in business for at least one year and show a potential for future growth.

Sponsored by Caron Electric

Customer Service Award (Business)

Presented to a business who has raised customer service to new standards of excellence by consistently providing high-quality customer service and continually exceeding customer expectations.

Sponsored by The Fort Frances Times

Customer Service Award (Individual)

Presented to an individual who has raised customer service to new standards of excellence by consistently providing high-quality customer services and continually exceeding customer expectations.

Sponsored by Good Impressions Printing

New Business Award 1-3 years

Presented to an entrepreneur who has demonstrated innovation, vision and business growth. The nominee may have founded a business, purchased an existing one and turned it around or diversified a business. The nominees must have been established in the Rainy River District for no less than one year and no more than three.

Sponsored by Rainy River Future Development Corporation

Test of Time Award

Presented to the business who has truly stood the test of time in the Rainy River District. This award will go to the business who has shown extraordinary leadership, innovation and has assisted a business to operate for 25 years or more.

Sponsored by TD Bank

Pivot Award

In recognition of a business that has kept pace with a rapidly changing environment and adapted their business to be more effective or relavent to the needs of their community, through Covid-19.

Sponsored by NCDS

Indigenous Business Award

To an Indigenous business that is at least 51 per cent Indigenous owned and operated. Government agencies and institutions are not allowed. An Indigenous entrepreneur who has demonstrated innovation, vision and business growth. The nominee may have founded a business, purchased an existing one or diversified a business while showing leadership and dedication to the preservation of culture, values and identity.

Sponsor to be announced

Business of the Year 1-15 employees

Presented to the business with 1-15 employees which acts as a role model for other businesses and demonstrates a continued passion for excellence, shows growth and profitability.

Sponsored by 93.1 The Border

Business of the Year 16+ employees

Presented to the business with 16+ employees who demonstrates a continued passion for excellence, shows growth and profitability and acts as a role model for other businesses.

Sponsored by Tbaytel

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