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Annual Business Excellence Award honors entrepreneurial spirit

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2013 Business Excellence Award. This program, presented by DE Media, is designed to recognize area businesses for their entrepreneurial spirit and business accomplishments.

“We have great businesses in the Brainerd lakes area,” said Brent Gunsbury of Bercher Design & Construction, former chairman of the Chamber board of directors, and lead volunteer developing this program. “This award provides us the ability to celebrate and draw attention to these exceptional businesses. In addition, we hope this award spurs other entrepreneurs to take risks, to use their innovation to grow their businesses.”

The 2013 recipient of the award was Widseth Smith Nolting.

Up to three Brainerd Lakes Chamber member finalists will be considered for this annual award. Judging criteria will look at a variety of factors, including the growth, innovation, ethics and community impact of the nominated business. Nomination deadline is June 28.

“We encourage business professionals, community members and customers, as well as business owners, to nominate businesses that they believe meet the award requirements,” said Lisa Paxton, Brainerd Lakes Chamber CEO. “This is our opportunity to shine the light on businesses that are meeting their goals and serving as great community stewards.”

Businesses may self nominate, or others may nominate a business and the chamber will inform the business of its nomination and encourage that business to complete the brief application process.

Nominees need not exhibit outstanding performance in all categories to win. To be eligible, nominees must be for-profit business members of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and physically located in the Brainerd lakes area.

Nomination information can be found at under the “Chamber Programs” tab.

Finalists will be contacted by mid-July and the winner will be named at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber annual dinner on Oct. 7 at Breezy Point Resort.

Nomination materials may be mailed to Brainerd Lakes Chamber, 124 N. Sixth St., Brainerd, MN 56401, faxed to 218-829-8199 or emailed to

For more information, contact Kathy Moore, programs director, at 218-822-7119 or

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