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Pequot Lakes Chamber to recognize Business of the Year - Nominations sought

Does your business have what it takes to be considered a Business of the Year?

This summer, the Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce will recognize a business in the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Jenkins area for its industry and community leadership.

Two main points of eligibility are:

• The business must be a Pequot Lakes Chamber member.

• The business must be in the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point or Jenkins area.

Businesses can nominate themselves; or businesses, organizations and individuals can nominate businesses for the award. The winner will be recognized at the Bean Hole Days community picnic Tuesday evening, July 10, near the Bean Hole pit and the chamber information center on the south side of Trailside Park.

This will be an annual event.

"The idea originated with a discussion at a TCI (Thriving Communities Initiative) Steering Committee meeting. We were discussing the community picnic before Bean Hole Days and community in general, and it led to a discussion of recognizing people who do things for the community," said Chris Monroe, Pequot Lakes Chamber director.

In addition to a Business of the Year, Volunteers of the Year (sponsored by Pequot Lakes Community Action) and the Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point-Crosslake Citizen of the Year (sponsored by the Echo Journal) will be recognized. The citizen of the year was announced at the end of 2017 and is Renee Anderson, of Pequot Lakes.

Monroe said organizers didn't want a formal reception to honor people, but a more casual format.

"It's a community picnic and this is community recognition," she said. "It ties in nicely with the community picnic format."

The Business of the Year Award will shine the spotlight on a Pequot Lakes Chamber member who displays excellence in leadership in the marketplace and in the community. Individual leaders or employees; charities and community organizations; schools; government units or agencies; religious organizations and associations are not eligible.

Applications can be downloaded from the chamber website at or pick them up at the chamber office. Completed applications can be emailed to Monroe at or dropped at the chamber office.

"I think it's important to recognize the contributions of businesses in any community, and this is an opportunity to do that," Monroe said. "I would encourage businesses to nominate themselves or other businesses."

The award recipient will be notified in mid-June. The Pequot Lakes Chamber Advisory Board will review applicants and determine the winner. If an advisory board member's business is nominated, that board member will not participate in the selection process.