According to Executive Vice President Rebecca DeLorenzo, the Chamber honors members and affiliates who go “above and beyond” as chamber members and volunteers.
“The annual awards competition is much more than a popularity contest,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to say thank you for a job well done or for truly making a difference. All members are encouraged to nominate other members that give back in some way, whether it’s hosting a fundraiser, supporting a cause or providing outstanding customer service. And, since many members routinely go the extra miles for their customers, our biggest challenge will be selecting winners for each category.”
The 2012 Chamber Awards follows a self-nomination process, meaning the individual or company wishing to receive the award should complete and submit one nomination form for each category before the November 30 deadline. Winners will be selected by the Chamber’s Executive board.
Both individuals and businesses are eligible for nomination. Each of the Chamber’s four affiliate board (Palm Coast, Bunnell, Flagler Beach and Young Professionals Group of Flagler County) will help select their “Business Person of the Year.” Nominations for these individual awards will be evaluated using the following criteria:
· Investment… Individuals support the Chamber through event and corporate sponsorships.
· Leads... Individuals actively promote the Chamber and are responsible for bringing in new members.
· Does business with other members… Individuals who look to do business with other members first.
Businesses that are relatively new to the Chamber can nominate themselves as New Chamber Member of the Year. Selected by the board of directors, this award is given to a business that joined the chamber in the previous 18 months (between April 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012.) Nominees must be active members in good standing.
Small Business of the Year will be awarded to a Chamber Member business having 20 employees or less that has also been a member for at least 12 months. This award is based on community involvement, Chamber participation and financial and volunteer support of the same. The winner of this category is a business that has made a positive impact on the local economy through job growth, sales tax revenue or some other tangible way.
Business of the Year will be awarded to a Chamber Member business having 20 employees or more that has also been a member for at least 12 months. Except for number of employees, Business of the Year nominees will be evaluated using the same criteria as Small Business of the Year.
The Chamber’s 2011 award winners of the 2011 Chamber Awards were:
New Member of the Year: Rose Chumaceiro (Avon)
Small Business of the Year: Atec Air & Heating
Business of the Year: Florida Hospital Flagler
Bunnell Chamber Business Person of the Year: Chris Zwirn of Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
Flagler Beach Chamber Business Person of the Year: Kim Carney of Eagle’s Nest Storage
Palm Coast Chamber Business Person of the Year: Sam Cline of S.E. Cline Construction
Flagler County Young Professionals Business Person of the Year: Jason Johnson of Marlin Consulting
Nomination forms can be downloaded here (http://www.flaglerchamber.org/