Deadline for Business Awards this Friday

The deadline to nominate local businesses for the Chamber of Commerce Business Awards is fast approaching; residents have until this Friday, September 9, to submit their choices for businesses or entrepreneurs.

Nominations can be made for any business in the District, whether they are Chamber members or not, and any member of the public can forward a nomination.

The awards night will be held September 29 at La Place Rendezvous. Tickets will be available for sale at the Chamber office starting September 7, at a cost of $65 for non-members, or $455 for a table of eight. Members pay $60, or $420 for a table of eight. The ticket includes a dinner, starting at 6:30 p.m., with cocktails available at 5:30 p.m.

All Businesses in the Rainy River District are eligible for nomination. Forms are available at www.fortfranceschamber.com under the events tab. Forms should be returned to:

Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce

#102-240 First Street East P9A1KS

Phone (807)274-5773

Fax (807)274-8706

This year, the following categories are open to nominations:

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: New Gold

Business of the Year 1-15 Employees

Presented to the business with 1-15 employees who 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

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 one year and no more than 3.

Sponsored by: Rainy River Future Development Corp.

Test of Time Award

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

Sponsored by: TD Canada Trust

Home Based Business

This award honours a home business that consistently shows excellence and quality. They will have established strong relationships with their customers and conduct their business as a business not a hobby, and operate 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: M.L. 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 services and continually exceeding customer expectations.

Sponsored by:

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

Small Business Trainer of the Year

Presented to a business of 15 employees or less, who consistently hires unskilled or under skilled workers, who mentor and provide work-oriented education and training or apprenticeship opportunities to their employees.

Sponsored by: NCDS

Indigenous Business of the Year

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

Sponsored by: Tbaytel

Business Woman of the Year

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

Sponsored by: PARO