The mission of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce is to be the representative voice of county for-profit and non-profit businesses
in working to improve the county economy and to address pressing county socioeconomic issues.
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2018 Business Awards
Dear Chamber Members:
At the Visit Cook County/Cook County Chamber Fall Gala, scheduled for Oct. 23 at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, we will announce recipients of three annual business awards. Please help us choose the recipients by nominating those you think most deserving. You can only do this if you are a chamber member now or become a chamber member. If you wish to join, go to the home page on this website and click the blue "Join the Chamber" tab on the left side of the page.
Once we have developed a list of nominees, we will ask Chamber members to help us decide which of them should receive the awards. Yes, you may nominate yourself or a family member.
We need names of those you wish to nominate plus a compelling explanation of why you think they deserve the award.
You can make your nominations by copying this text, inserting it in an email, filling in your choices and then sending it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can print this out, fill it in by hand and mail it to us at Cook County Chamber, P.O. Box 805, Grand Marais, MN 55604.
Please send us your nominees by Monday, Sept. 17
Entrepreneur of the Year
This award is presented to the person who has taken on significant risk and effort in the past year to launch a new enterprise or significantly expand an existing one. Previous winners include Sarah Hamilton for her Camp Chow business, Sid Backlund for his regional, frozen Sven & Ole’s pizza marketing effort, and Kim and Chuck Corliss for developing the new North Shore Winery in Lutsen.
WHY THIS NOMINEE DESERVES TO BE RECOGNIZED AS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR:
Business of the Year
This award goes to a business, not an individual, that has made large contributions over time to the prosperity and comfort of the Cook County community. Previous recipients include Hedstrom Lumber Company, G&G Septic for their critically important work any time of day and any season of the year to keep our community safe and sanitary, Johnson Foods for decades of dedicated service to and investment in the community, and North Shore Waste for clearing away our waste and ensuring we have a healthy, clean community.
WHY THIS BUSINESS DESERVES TO BE RECOGNIZED AS 2017 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR:
Community Business Leader of the Year
This award goes to the business leader who has made noteworthy contributions to the community by sitting on boards, serving as a volunteer and generally supporting efforts that make Cook County the great community it is. Previous recipients include Howard Hedstrom, Norman Deschampe, Sue and Bruce Kerfoot, Beth Kennedy, and Jan Sivertson.
WHY THIS PERSON DESERVES TO BE RECOGNIZED AS 2017 COMMUNITY BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR: