Chamber to host annual banquetPublished 10:32am Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Austin Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Winter Banquet and Awards Program will be held Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn and Austin Conference Center.hollywood
The event focuses on member recognition, and includes presentation of three major business awards: Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, and Project of the Year. Other awards recognize outstanding chamber ambassadors, the chamber’s Volunteer of the Year, and, new this year, recognition of one member for an outstanding workforce wellness initiative.
The 15 nominees this year, who have been submitted by customers, employees, themselves or others, are reviewed to decide which ones will win an award.
“They fill out an application form and they describe their business in some detail,” said Sandy Forstner, executive director of the chamber. From there, ambassadors visit the businesses in person, and also accept letters from customers or others who can attest to the business’s quality.
Forstner said a number of categories decide who will win each award, including the level of customer service, growth and commitment to employees.
The day of the banquet, Chamber ambassadors host the evening’s entertainment under the theme “Sold on Austin.” About 300 people are expected to attend. To register or for more information, contact the chamber at 507-437-4561.
15 member businesses nominated for this year’s business awards:
A Smooth Move
Adams, Rizzi & Sween, PA
Ameriprise Financial Davis, Thoen, Kramer & Associates
Austin Country Club
Cedar Valley Services
China Star Restaurant
Hormel Foods Corp.
Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin
Seller’s Lock & Key
Sterling Beauty Salon
Sterling State Bank
Twice Is Nice
Yoga Studio of Austin