Woven into the fabric of who we are here in Superior and Douglas County is a quality of character, a drive for excellence and the generosity and desire to treat our employees, customers and community as family. With our Chamber Business Awards program, we hope to acknowledge the new and tenured organizations that stand out amongst the others, lead their industries and have shown both short and long-term success.
But we need your help! We’re currently searching for nominees.
Reasons you may want to make a nomination include business success, treatment of employees, providing an exceptional work environment, use of technology, adaptability, community contributions, and more. Businesses that are selected to win awards will be recognized at our January 27, 2017 Chamber Business Awards Luncheon.
General Criteria Any community member may nominate a business for recognition (including their own business), and only Chamber Member businesses are eligible for recognition (exception is the “New Business of the Year” award). Nominees should be those whose business practices and professional conduct contribute to a sense of cooperation within the entire business community, and which helps promote the Superior – Douglas County area as a good place to live as well as do business. Entries will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges.
Nomination Deadline Nomination forms must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2016.
New Business of the Year Award All businesses that opened during the calendar year prior to the January 27, 2017, Chamber Business Awards Luncheon automatically qualify for this award. Judging for this award will be based on potential community impact, use of innovation and technology, and overall community awareness.
Outstanding Young Business Award This award will go to a business that has been in operation for less than 20 years (regardless of size or industry). The nomination should include a brief history of the business itself, and its contribution to the community. Specific topics should be covered in the nomination form include:
Community Cornerstone Award This award will go to a business that has been in operation for more than 20 years (regardless of size or industry). The nomination should include a brief history of the business itself, its past impact on the community, and how it will positively impact the generations to come. This is the business whose employees are proud to say who they work for and strive daily to only improve the incredible foundation this company stands on. Specific topics that need to be covered in the nomination form include:
Long term business success
Strong community involvement
Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability in an ever-changing business world
Innovative business strategies
Recognized business leadership as a role model organization
Chamber Business Awards Luncheon Businesses who are selected to receive award will be recognized at our Chamber Business Awards Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 27, 2016 in the Yellowjacket Union on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus. This is one of our most highly-attended events of the year, and we had a sold out event in 2016. Please don’t hesitate to RSVP for this luncheon. Click here for details and registration.
Why the Chamber Business Awards were Started The Chamber started the Chamber Business Awards planning process in late 2014. We saw the need to recognize the fantastic businesses that make the Superior-Douglas County area better place to live, work and play. We were blown away by the huge, positive response to the first ever Chamber Business Awards that were held! We were happy to hold our very first Chamber Business Awards Luncheon January 2015 to a sold out crowd.
Hear from Chamber leaders on the vision behind these awards:
“We all know the companies that stand out in our community in terms of outstanding treatment of their employees, going above and beyond for their customers, and performance that is nothing but top notch. In most cases, these are the companies we look toward for a pulse on what’s going on in our community. We've grown up with many of these companies, and others have popped up within the last few years or even months. This is a great opportunity for our Chamber and our community to recognize these businesses - for all that they do now, and in the future.”
Kent Phillips - Superior Lidgerwood Mundy Chair, Chamber Board of Directors
“Many of the businesses in our community surpass expectations on a daily basis, quietly and continuously giving back to the community in which they are part of. These businesses treat their customers and their employees as their own. In doing so, these businesses live up to not only their place of business, but a quality of life – ‘Superior.’ I am excited to have the opportunity to recognize those businesses with The Chamber Business Awards. All businesses young and old have had moments when they weren’t sure of their purpose or how they were going to stay in operation. The Chamber Business Awards program is our opportunity as a community to say ‘thank you’ to those businesses and their employees. For continued optimism, for not giving up when times got tough, for never losing that zest for their customers, employees and community. It is my pleasure to thank these businesses — from the start-ups to the true building blocks of the Superior community in which we live — and encourage them to continue to do what you do best for our future generations.”
David Minor – Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau President/CEO
Questions For any questions about the Chamber Business Awards, please call our office at 715-394-7716 and we’ll be happy to help you!
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