With the deadline coming up tomorrow, nominations for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s 2002 business awards have exceeded organizers’ expectations.
“It’s been fabulous. I’m sure we’ll get a few more before Friday, but right now we’re up to 53,” said Chamber co-ordinator Dawn Booth, adding she had been hoping for 50.
“We have at least three for each category, which is great,” she noted. “There’s a wide variety of businesses and types of businesses. In the past, it’s usually been retail-oriented.
“And we’ve had about five or six that are from elsewhere in the district [other than Fort Frances].”
The awards will be handed out at the Chamber’s annual banquet March 23 at the Red Dog Inn.
Categories include Business of the Year (one-15 employees and 16+ employees); Employee of the Year (private-sector and not-for-profit); Training and Adjustment; Abitibi-Consolidated Safety Awards (business and individual); Customer Service (business and individual); and Entrepreneur of the Year.
Nomination forms can be dropped off at the Chamber office (474 Scott St.). If it’s after business hours, you can put them in the mailbox.
Judges will be contacted only after tomorrow’s deadline so as to be sure no nominees are picked to do the job. These individuals will be chosen at the Chamber’s next meeting March 6.
As far as the banquet goes, Booth said everything is ready—with a dinner, silent auction, dancing, a live band, and more lined up.
For tickets, call Booth at 274-5773.