Three Superior Businesses honored at the 2018 Chamber Annual Meeting and Business Awards
Winning businesses left to right: New Business of the Year Award - Earth Rider Brewing, Allyson Rolph with Taylor Pedersen; Outstanding Young Business Award - P&R Properties Twin Ports, Taylor Pederson with Ryan Nelson; Community Cornerstone Award - Superior Animal Hospital, Jenna Harting, Taylor Pedersen, and Doctor Robert McClellan; Chamber Ambassador of the Year - Linnae Currie of Superior Choice Credit Union with Taylor Pedersen.
Three outstanding area businesses were recognized at the Chamber Annual Meeting and Chamber Business Awards presented by Halvor Lines, Inc., Thursday, February 1 in the Yellowjacket Union on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus.
A crowd of more than 200 community members, business leaders, local and state officials including Wisconsin State Senator Janet Bewley and Wisconsin Representative Nick Milroy gathered to honor Earth Rider Brewery, selected to win the New Business of the Year Award; P&R Properties Twin Ports, LLC, winner of the Outstanding Young Business Award; and Superior Animal Hospital, selected to win the Community Cornerstone Award. The pool of nominees was made up of more than 20 local organizations. One more award for Chamber Ambassador of the Year was presented to Linnae Currie of Superior Choice Credit Union for her dedication, positivity, and hard work on behalf of the Chamber organization.
An independent panel of judges selected the winners for the New Business of the Year, Outstanding Young Business, and Community Cornerstone awards based on nominations made by community members and business leaders. More information on each awards category:
New Business of the Year Award
To be eligible for the New Business of the Year Award, a business has to have opened in Superior or Douglas County within the past year. We’re looking for information on why the business owner decided to open their business in Superior or Douglas County. We also want to know how they utilize technology to run their business, and how they are innovative above others in their industry. Finally, we want to know how the local community has supported their business in their first year.
Outstanding Young Business Award
For a business to benominatedin the Outstanding Young Business Award, they must be a member of the Chamber and have operations within the Twin Ports community. The business must be in operation for less than 20 years. We’re also looking for the nominator to describe why the business should be selected to receive the Outstanding Young Business Award, and we want them to tell us about the business’s organizational performance and integrity. We want to know how the business treats their employees and what makes them different from other businesses in its industry. Finally, we want to know how the nominee has impacted the local community.
Community Cornerstone Award
The Community Cornerstone Award is for those businesses that have been longstanding members of our community. Their success didn’t happen overnight, and neither did their community impact. But with decades of doing business in Superior and Douglas County, businesses that are nominated in this category are more than a business, they are a local institution. To be eligible to win this award, a business must be a member of the Chamber, have operations within our community, and have been in operation for more than 20 years.
In 2016, Happy Tails Animal Hospital, GreenLight Fitness, and Center for Muscle and Joint Therapy were awarded the New Business of the Year, Outstanding Young Business, and Community Cornerstone awards, respectively. More than 30 businesses were nominated for the awards in 2016.
Sponsors for the Chamber Annual Meeting and Business Awards included: Halvor Lines, Inc. as Presenting Partner; University of Wisconsin-Superior and Enbridge as Platinum Partners; Superior Choice Credit Union as Gold Partner; LHB, Inc. and Superior Telegram as Silver Partners; Superior Jaycees, Superior Young Professionals, and the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce as Event Partners. Flower arrangements for the event were provided by Engwall Wolff’s Flower Shop.