Chamber Awards

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GREATER MUHLENBERG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – SMALL  (UNDER 25 EMPLOYEES)

This award is presented to a business with 25 employees or fewer that has demonstrated sound business practices, leadership, involvement in the Muhlenberg County community and exceptional employee relations.  The recipient will have done so in any or all of the following areas:

  • Has lead a community based, socio-economic, political or cultural cause for the betterment of the community at large.
  • Is involved in the community (i.e. membership in charitable organizations, sponsorship of sports teams and or associations, representation on community based boards, contributes to worthy causes.
  • Demonstrates responsibility in all business activities – fair play in a competitive environment.
  • High standard of business activity.
  • Provides benefits programs, profit share programs, formal employee appraisal systems, incentive programs, regular staff celebrations.
  • Committed to safety in the workplace.
  • Fosters diversity in the workplace with programs that maximize the potential of all people.
  • Improves employees’ skills and career development through education and training programs.

 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – LARGE  (25 EMPLOYEES & OVER)

This award is presented to a business with more than 25 employees that has demonstrated sound business practices, leadership, productivity and quality, sound employee relations and a commitment to the broader community.  The recipient will have done so in any or all of the following areas:

  • Has lead a community based, socio-economic, political or cultural cause for the betterment of the community at large.
  • Is involved in the community (i.e. membership in charitable organizations, sponsorship of sports teams and or associations, representation on community based boards, and contributes to worthy causes).
  • Demonstrates responsibility in all business activities – fair play in a competitive environment.
  • High standard of business activity through sound employee relations through benefits programs, profit share programs, formal employee appraisal systems, incentive programs, regular employee celebrations.
  • Committed to safety in the workplace (hours of operation with lost time accidents, safety performance record vs. legislative requirements and/or company goals for safety handling of dangerous products, goods or service).
  • Environmental awareness through the use of environmentally friendly products, recycling programs, adherence to environmental legislation, internal programs developed solely on environmentally friendly merits.

 

NEW BUSINESS OR ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

This award is presented to a person  who has demonstrated initiative and innovation in business.  (Business does not have to operate year round)  The recipient will have done so in any or all of the following areas:

  • Has demonstrated innovation through the establishment of a new business, product or idea or has introduced new concepts or strategies within an existing organization helping it to be successful.
  • Growth and success within first three years of operation
  • Created new employment opportunities
  • Commitment to a broader community
  • Sound employee relations and a commitment to customer service
  • Commitment to safety in the workplace
  • Has developed a solid business plan that has led to individual and business success.
  • Has sound business practices, including marketing and promotional strategies, product research, customer commitment, employee relations and community involvement.

(If you feel it would be helpful to the review committee – attach samples of business description, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, photographs of business, etc.)

 

FARM ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR

This award is presented to a farm/agricultural business that has demonstrated a commitment to preserving farming in Muhlenberg County through sound business practices and leadership within the farming sector.  The recipient will have done so in any or all of the following areas:

  • Innovative farming practices
  • Advocacy for farming community
  • Membership in agricultural organizations
  • Land management (shelter belts, crop rotation, stewardship).
  • Diversity/value added farming
  • Appropriate animal husbandry practices.
  • Recognition by industry standards and evaluation practices of evidence of “best practices management.”
  • Evidence of encouraging sustainable agricultural practices.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

This award is presented to an individual who has had a special impact on Muhlenberg County through volunteerism, advocacy, community building, or business leadership.  The recipient will have shown a continuing active interest in the welfare of Muhlenberg County in any or all of the following areas:

  • Promotion of business opportunities, including manufacturing, retail, agriculture, tourism, and technology.
  • Beautification of the area.
  • Improvement of the recreational opportunities.
  • Preservation of nature areas and wildlife, historical structures and archival materials.
  • Respect of cultural and socio-economic status of the citizens of the region.
  • Advocate or community booster, fundraiser, volunteer.
  • Pro-active when addressing environmental issues.
  • Advocacy in areas of social justice, equality, human rights, etc.

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

This award is presented to a non-profit group or organization that, through its work or a unique or special project, has generated community pride and has had a significant impact in Muhlenberg County.  The organization will have shown a continuing active interest in the welfare of the people of Muhlenberg County in any or all of the following areas:

  • Through a network of individuals who support community causes such as fundraising campaigns, social services, sporting activities for youth, charities, and public dissemination of information.
  • Promotes the region as a place to do business or visit
  • Improves the quality of life for Muhlenberg County residents
  • Preserves nature areas, wildlife, historical structures, or archival materials.
  • Respects cultural and socio-economic status of citizens of the region.
  • Advocacy in areas of social justice, equality, human rights, etc.

 

CHAMBER MEMBER OF THE YEAR

This award is presented to a member of the Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of Commerce in good standing with the Chamber, who demonstrates a continuing active interest in the well being of the Chamber and has made a significant contribution to the overall success of the Chamber. (The recipient is chosen by the Chamber’s President, Past President, and Executive Director).

  • Actively promotes and assists the Chamber with its recruitment of new members.
  • Attends Chamber activities.
  • Participates in Chamber committees and supports the organization and planning of Chamber events.
  • Pursues new opportunities for the Chamber by demonstrating leadership and commitment to the well being of the Chamber.

 

SCHOOL TO WORK AWARD

This award is presented to a business, organization or employer in Muhlenberg County that demonstrates a commitment to supporting youth in making transition from school to the workplace, in any or all of the following areas:

  • Actively participates in school to work programs such as career and job fairs, workplace tours, career talks, cooperative education programs, mentorship programs.
  • Supports high school, college, or university students by offering placement experiences or through hiring these students upon graduation.
  • Promotes a young workers safety program within the organization/business
  • Works with educators to offer innovative school to work transition programming.
  • Participates in business education councils or planning committees.
  • Provides funds for bursaries for students in financial need at the high school, college, or university level.

 

LIFETIME BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award is not subject to public nominations, however the Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of Commerce does accept recommendations from the general public.  The award recipient is chosen by the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and can be presented posthumously.  The primary criteria to be considered includes:

  • Involved in business for a minimum of 25 years.
  • A proven commitment to doing business in Muhlenberg County
  • Dedication to employees and the broader community.
  • Demonstration of business leadership and sound business practices.
  • Previous recognition by industry/colleagues/governing body related to business excellence.

 

COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT/ENHANCEMENT AWARD

This award is presented to a restoration, renovation, or new construction effort that will serve as a model to the community and encourage similar restoration, renovation, or development.  The primary criteria to be considered includes:

  • Project completed within the past 3 years
  • Exemplifies community pride through the exceptional restoration of improvement to the property. Improvements may be to the interior to enable a building to become functionally useable.
  • Improvements to an area provided by construction of a new building
  • Excellence in visual and design elements that encourage the strengthening of community aesthetics

 

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