Solid crop of nominees

Duane Hicks

With the nomination deadline for the 15th-annual Bell Business Awards having closed Wednesday, a selection committee now faces the task of choosing the winners in 11 categories.
Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce manager Anthony Mason said he’s received 68 nominations and now is in the process contacting those nominated to get more information from them for the selection process.
As soon as he can get responses from the nominees, a secret committee will meet to pick the winners.
“I am urging the nominees to send them in as soon as possible,” Mason stressed.
He noted there are at least three nominees for each category, with a good number of new businesses among them.
“It’s a fresh group. There’s a lot of business I didn’t even know about,” Mason remarked.
“There’s home-based businesses, there’s some from out of town, from out in the district,” he noted.
A complete list of nominees will be featured in an ad in the near future.
Winners will be honoured at the annual awards gala, which this year is slated for Thursday, Feb. 10 at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Awards will be given out in the following categories:
•Business of the Year (1-15 employees);
•Business of the Year (16+
•Entrepreneur of the Year;
•Small Business Trainer of the Year;
•Safety Award (business or individual);
•Accessibility Award;
•Customer Service (business);
•Customer Service (individual);
•Employee of the Year;
•Business Woman of the Year; and
•Tony Beyak Memorial Volunteer of the Year.
Tickets for the gala are on sale now. They cost $45 each, and are available at the Chamber office.
Groups can book tables of eight or 10.
Cocktails will be at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30.
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce president Harold Wilson once again will be the emcee.