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Business award nominations picking up

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As the March 1 deadline approaches, the number of nominations for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’ annual business awards is slowly but steadily growing, co-ordinator Dawn Booth said yesterday.

“We’re up to 25 so we’re about halfway there,” she noted, adding organizers would be “happy” to see 50 nominations altogether.

Booth said readers should look elsewhere in this edition of the Times for the Chamber’s ad regarding the nominations.

“It’s actually a registration form. People can fill it out, clip it out, and bring it in—it couldn’t be more simple,” she remarked.

While nomination forms have been available at the Chamber office on Scott Street and various Chamber-affiliated businesses for about two weeks, the board of directors decided last Wednesday to place the ad in an effort to boost numbers.

“We want people to know anyone can nominate a business or individual. We encourage businesses to nominate themselves,” noted Booth, adding businesses can be from anywhere in the district and need not be Chamber members.

The awards will be handed out at the Chamber’s annual banquet March 23 at the Red Dog Inn, and Booth is confident people once again will take the opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of local businesses.

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.

Sponsors include CFOB, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Bearskin Airlines, Rainy River Future Development Corp., the Northwest Training & Adjustment Board, Good Impressions Printing, and Abitibi-Consolidated.

As far as the banquet goes, Booth said “pretty much everything is ready.”

“We have the entertainment lined up. Besides the dinner and awards ceremony, there’ll be a live band and dancing, and a silent auction,” she noted.

For more info on the banquet, call Booth at 274-5773.

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