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Business award nominees sought


Although the deadline isn’t until Oct. 15, the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is reminding district residents that now is the time to nominate a deserving individual or business for its annual awards gala.

“We have five right now, so that’s good,” Chamber manager Dawn Booth said this morning, adding there’s also been “quite a few people” who have called or come into the Chamber office and picked up forms.

Nomination forms for the business awards are available throughout the district, online at, or by calling the Chamber office at 274-5773.

Booth stressed any business in Rainy River District can be nominated, and that businesses do not have to belong to the Chamber to be eligible to win.

“We would like to see as many as possible from the district, too—not just Fort Frances,” she stressed, adding many past award winners have hailed from district communities.

Nominations are being accepted in 11 different categories, including:

•Business of the Year—1-15 Employees (sponsored by B93 FM);

•Business of the Year—16+ Employees (Bell);

•Employee of the Year (The Westend Weekly);

•Business Woman of the Year (Business Woman’s Network);

•Entrepreneur of the Year (Rainy River Future Development Corp.);

•Tony Beyak Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award (Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce);

•Customer Service-Business Award (Business Development Bank of Canada);

•Customer Service-Individual Award (Good Impressions Printing);

•Safety Award-Business or Individual (AbitibiBowater);

•Small Business Trainer of the Year (NCDS Career Works); and

•Accessibility Award (Town of Fort Frances).

A list of award nominees will be published in the Times after the nomination deadline elapses.

The 13th-annual Bell Business Awards banquet is set for Saturday, Nov. 8 at La Place Rendez-Vous.

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