Nominees for business awards sought

Nomination forms for the 10th-annual Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce business awards are now available, with the deadline to return them being Friday, Sept. 30.
Chamber office manager Dawn Booth noted the nomination forms are available at the Chamber office (474 Scott St.) as well as at various locations around the district.
They also will be faxed out to Chamber members, as well as being available on the Chamber’s website (www.fortfranceschamber.com).
While the nomination forms were supposed to be out a couple of weeks ago, Booth noted there had to be some last-minute changes both to certain sponsors and award criteria, resulting in a delay getting the entry forms finalized.
Now, she’s hoping district residents will get busy filling out these forms with the names of deserving nominees.
“With it being the 10th-annual event, we’d like to make it the best-ever. We’d like to get as many nominations in as possible,” remarked Booth.
She noted a handful of new awards will be 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, which is slated for Saturday, Oct. 22 at La Place Rendez-Vous.
The other two new awards are Business Woman of the Year and an accessibility award recognizing those who have taken measures to ensure their businesses are handicap-accessible.
In addition to the new ones, categories listed on the forms include 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.
There is no Employer Champion Award this year.
Booth noted Shaw Cable is a major sponsor of the awards gala this year, and will be putting together video clips featuring all of the nominated individuals and businesses to be shown the night of the banquet.
A total of 65 nominations were submitted last year, listing 55 different nominees.
< *c>Special calendars
In related news, the local Chamber is promoting a special calendar produced to coincide with Scott Street’s 100th birthday this year.
Booth noted the calendar, which is a “perpetual” one and therefore can be used year after year, features photos and information on past and present downtown businesses.
The calendars cost $10 each, $2 of which goes towards the Fort Frances Museum renovation campaign.
The calendars are being sold at the Chamber office, Fort Frances Museum, Fort Frances Public Library, Rainy River Future Development Corp. office, Civic Centre, and Business Improvement Association office.

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