Chamber Business Awards
2020 Business Awards Winners
New Business Of the Year Winner - Empower Superior Nutrition
Left to right - State Senator Janet Bewley; Karaline Green, Empower Superior Nutrition; Alexandra Schulz, Empower Superior Nutrition; and Taylor Pedersen of The Chamber
New Business of the Year Nominees - Ignite Dispensary, Joe Polecheck Photography, The Pottery Burn Studio, Twin Ports Diesel & Auto, Wine Seller Winery
Outstanding Young Business Winner - Exodus Machines
Left to right - State Senator Janet Bewley; Kevin Boreen of Exodus Machines; and Taylor Pedersen of The Chamber
Outstanding Young Business Nominees - Angie's Closet, Party Express Superior Rental Center, Positively Superior Magazine, Spirit Room
Community Corner Stone Winner - Keyport Liquor and Louge
Left to right - State Senator Janet Bewley; Mark Casper of Keyport Liquor and Lounge; and Taylor Pedersen of The Chamber
Community Cornerstone Nominees - Douglas County Historical Society, Pattison State Park, Saratoga Liquor Company, Superior Douglas County Family YMCA
Outstanding Young Professional of the Year - Brian Hubbard of Lakehead Constructors, Inc.
Left to right - State Senator Janet Bewley; Brian Hubbard of Lakehead Constructors Inc.; and Taylor Pedersen of The Chamber
Outstanding Young Professional of the Year nominees - Ruth Heitke of Best Western Bridgeview; Troy Lambert of National Bank of Commerce; Alexandra Schulz of Empower Superior Nutrition; and Marquise Slay of Barker's Island Inn and Conference Center
Ambassador of the Year - Julie Urban of Gavilon Grain
To recognize businesses or organizations who maintain the highest standard of excellence throughout the Superior, Douglas County, and Twin Ports communities.
Any community member may nominate a business for recognition (including their own if a Chamber member), and only Chamber member businesses are eligible for recognition. (Click here to see Business Directory of Chamber Members). In general, nominees should be those whose business practices and professional conduct contributes 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. Note: “New Business of the Year Award” may go to a non-chamber member business. Register here to attend the 67th Chamber Annual Meeting & Business Awards Event.
Nominations are no longer being accepted. The deadline has expired.
New Business of the Year Award
The Superior-Douglas County community has seen a significant amount of new economic development! All businesses that opened during the calendar year prior to the awards ceremony event held in March automatically qualify for this award and will be contacted to request submission of their own accomplishments. Judging for this award will be based on potential community impact, use of innovation and technology, and overall community awareness, in addition to their submission.
This award will go to a business that has been in operation for more than five years but less than twenty 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 that will be evaluated, and should be covered in the nomination form, for the selection of this award include:
- Organizational performance and integrity
- Treatment of employees
- Community impact
- Overall safety
- Quality of leadership
This award will go to a business that has been in operation for more than twenty years (regardless of size or industry). The nomination should include a brief history of the business itself, its impact on the community in past generations as well as 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 will be evaluated, and should be covered in the application, for the selection of this award 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
Young Professional of the Year Award
Qualified candidates for this award must either live or work in Douglas County, Wisconsin, and were 40 years old or younger during the entire 2019 awards year.
In 500 words or less, please touch on the following questions: provide a short description of the person and the role they play in their organization, including the impact this person has on the day to day operations and customers. How has the nominee demonstrated leadership in and out of the workplace? How have they shown professional success and career growth while maintaining professional integrity? What is the work ethic of the nominee? How do they manage the work life balance? Are they philanthropic, how are they involved in their community? And more so, what sets this individual apart from their peers? Most importantly, how is this person an advocate for the Superior/Douglas County community?