Chamber Chat - Chamber Banquet Nomination Forms

Nov 04

By Meg Moss


The Sanford Area Growth Alliance Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Membership Banquet in February 2019 at the newly renovated Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. But wait, February seems so far away… so why are we talking about this already?


Each year, the Banquet includes the presentation of awards to recognize the important role and contribution of businesses, business professionals and citizens in our community. And although the Banquet isn’t until February, now is the time to turn in nominations for these awards.


We like to solicit nominations from a wide variety of individuals and businesses in our community. This is a great way to make your voice heard. We need your help! You can play a role in the selection of award recipients by submitting nominations. The deadline for nominations is November 13, 2018. After reading through the award criteria below, please take a few moments submit your nominations to me at Please include detailed information as to why you have selected a particular nominee.


The Business Advocate of the Year Award Honoree is an individual who owns, or is employed by a current Chamber Member; has made a significant contribution to the business community; sits on either a non-profit board or is active in giving back to the community; promotes the community (including business, leisure activities, or the arts); is a respected business leader in the community; and has a willingness to serve others with vision and purpose without seeking personal gain. Last year’s award winners were Greg and Nancy Adams, owners of the Piggly Wiggly stores in Sanford and Broadway.


The Chamber Dedicated Service Award Honoree is an individual who is a Chamber Member that demonstrates leadership qualities in our Chamber and/or community; is involved in business, social, cultural, and/or educational advancement for others; has a willingness to serve others with vision and purpose without seeking personal gain; contributes to the Chamber beyond ordinary membership; and serves as a role model and mentor for present and future generations in our Chamber and community. Last year’s award winner was Jerry Pedley, owner of Mertek Solutions.


The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award Honoree does not have to be a Chamber member or Duke Energy customer. This person fosters a culture for citizenship, service and community responsibility. They demonstrate a commitment to service and/or civic participation over a 12-month period, and demonstrate one of more of the following values: integrity, stewardship, inclusion, teamwork, accountability, and/or initiative. Last year’s winner was Cindy Hall from First Baptist Church.


The Small Business of the Year Award Honoree is a business who is a Chamber Member that has shown steady growth and has been in operation three or more years; represents entrepreneurship; employs approximately 50 or fewer employees; is independently and locally owned and managed; and demonstrates dedication to the Chamber and community by giving of their time, talent and resources. Last year’s award winner was Comfort First Heating and Cooling, owned by Wes McLeod and Art Harmon.


Corporate awards aren't just about a pat on the back or a quick ego boost. They can enhance a company's reputation, help employees take pride in their work and instill confidence in customers about the quality and professionalism of an organization. It can also improve networking opportunities by raising a company’s profile within their industry.


According to Chron Online, winning an award provides a way to promote one’s company through marketing and public relations initiatives. It also offers a way to get your name out into the community in a cost-effective way. Unlike paying for a newspaper ad, a press release announcing your award can be turned into a story by the business section of your local paper. That results in free publicity as well as an opportunity to expand awareness of your business in a way paid advertising can't.


Winning awards can allow a business to promote themselves to prospective job seekers as an award-winning company, which can give them an edge in hiring and retaining top talent. Additionally, existing employees may have greater job satisfaction or higher morale knowing they're working for a leader in the field.


Please remember - we need your help! The deadline for nominations is November 13, 2018. Please take a few moments to submit your nominations to Please include detailed information as to why you have selected a particular nominee.

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