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Now Accepting Nominations for Excellence in Business and Leadership Awards

Nominations will be closed Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

 

If you know an individual or business deserving of recognition for their contribution to our community, we are currently accepting nominations for the following awards:

 

2021 Pillar of the Community

2021 Business of the Year

2021 Employer of the Year

2021 Business Person of the Year

2021 Distinguished Citizen

2021 Emerging Leader

 

Any member of the Chamber may submit a nomination. The Awards Selection Committee, comprised of former award winners and Chamber board members, will review all nominations, determine finalists in each category, and select award recipients. Finalists and award recipients will be announced at the 72nd Awards and Installation event on Thursday, February 24th, 2022.

To view previous recipients, specific award criteria, and to make a nomination, click the buttons listed underneath each award below.

Pillar of the Community Award Criteria

A deserving recipient of the 2021 Pillar of the Community Award is an organization that has made a long-standing impact on the community. It is a company that has had significant impacts on employment, innovation, stability and contributes to the community beyond their core business.

2020 Pillar of the Community - Lane Transit District
2020 Pillar of the Community - Lane Transit District
2020 Business of the Year - Bicoastal Media
2020 Business of the Year - Bicoastal Media

Business of the Year Award Criteria

A deserving recipient of the 2021 Business of the Year Award is a business that has had an exceptional year based upon an expansion, opening, or a turnaround story. The Business of the Year has, and continues to make, a community wide impact.

Employer of the Year Award Criteria

A deserving recipient of the 2021 Employer of the Year award recognizes an organization in our community that demonstrates exceptional commitment to its employees. They show a dedication to provide professional development and advancement opportunities, have a focus on workplace culture and work/life balance, employee recognition, and exhibits a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

2020 Employer of the Year - McDonald Wholesale
2020 Employer of the Year - McDonald Wholesale
2020 Business Person of the Year - Robert Killen
2020 Business Person of the Year - Robert Killen

Business Person of the Year Award Criteria

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in their organization, profession, industry and community. The recipient will have demonstrated a personal commitment to Springfield, integrity and excellence in business, quality customer service, and fosters a positive workplace environment.

Distinguished Citizen Award Criteria

This award recognizes an individual in our community who has demonstrated exemplary civic leadership. The recipient will have made substantial contributions to the business community and civic enterprises over time.

2020 Distinguished Citizen - Christine Lundberg
2020 Distinguished Citizen - Christine Lundberg
2020 Emerging Leader - Mark Molina
2020 Emerging Leader - Mark Molina

Emerging Leader Award Criteria

This award recognizes an individual in our community who exhibits exemplary leadership in regards to volunteer work, civic engagement, and demonstrates a marked commitment to their professional and leadership development. They have risen to prominence through their community engagement, and demonstrate great potential to positively impact our community in the years to come.

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