Business nominees shine through

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THUNDER BAY, ONT. — The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce has received 76 nominations for this year’s Annual Business Awards of Excellence.

The theme name for this year is Celebrating the Rock Stars of the Business Community.

The event will take place at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on May 26.

Charla Robinson, chamber president, said the nominations show support for chamber members and demonstrate the community’s recognition of the contributions made by the nominated businesses.

“We’re really excited to have 76 amazing nominees for this year’s business awards,” she said. “It’s great to see that the community is recognizing how businesses contribute and that they appreciate what those businesses are doing and want them to succeed. This is something that means a lot, especially right now, for those businesses that have been struggling.”

Nominees for the awards event, which is sponsored by Bell, range from all sectors of the business community including some businesses that have been around for a long time, and some that have grown or changed.

“It really is fully reflective of the breadth of our business community, and that’s so so nice to see this year,” Robinson said.

Each nomination will be presented to a judging committee. The committee works independently to score the nomination submissions. When everything is added up, the business with the highest score in each category will be the winner.

Robinson says even on the awards night, the judges don’t know who has won because they all judge independently.

“Being nominated is an honour in itself,” she said.

“Receiving so many nominations at a time when businesses have been struggling is incredibly heart-warming, and every one of our nominees is a rock star.”

Robinson adds that businesses who have won many years ago still have their award proudly on display in their business.

“It’s definitely something that means a lot, not only at the time of receiving the award, but also for many years after, so we’re very excited to see all these nominees and to celebrate them and we look forward to the event on May 26, where we can celebrate everyone, but especially acknowledge those who’ve risen to the top.”

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Sandi Krasowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chronicle-Journal

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