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Chamber wants to recognize businesses for resilience during pandemic

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 September 2020 at 10:32 am

The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce won’t be doing a big awards dinner in October, an annual tradition celebrating businesses in the county.

However, the Chamber will be honoring businesses and is seeking nominations from the community about how businesses have shown perseverance since March, adapting and serving customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I’m sure there are a lot of businesses that have just gone way beyond their normal realm this year and we want to recognize some of them,” said Darlene Hartway, Chamber director.

The organization is working on the details for how to celebrate the award winners. They may be presented the honors individually or as a group. Hartway said those details are being discussed.

For now, the Chamber is seeking nominations for awards to recognize businesses and community leaders. The nominations are due Oct. 12.

The categories include:

  • Business of the Year – This award is presented to a business that has experienced significant overall achievements/success throughout the year.
  • Lifetime Achievement – This award is presented to an individual with a long-term record of outstanding business achievements.
  • Phoenix Award – This award is presented to an organization or business that has successfully adapted or re-used an existing facility.
  • New Business of the Year – This award is presented to a business or organization that has opened in the past year.
  • Community Service Award – This award is presented to a business, organization or individual that has provided meaningful contributions to the community in either professional or non-professional spheres.
  • Agricultural Business of the Year – This award is presented to an agricultural business that has experienced significant overall achievements/success throughout the year.
  • Businessperson of the Year – This award is presented to an individual who has had outstanding accomplishments within their own business/businesses and who has made notable contributions to our local business sector.
  • Small Business of the Year – This award is presented to a small business th555at has experienced significant achievements/success throughout the year.
  • Hidden Gem of the Year – This award is presented to a business that has made a positive contribution to tourism in our county.

The nominations can include references to how the business or person has shown resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Send a nomination to the OCCC, PO Box 501, Medina, NY or email it to director@orleanschamber.com.

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