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Despite the weight and pressure of the unprecedented circumstances and unparalleled challenges our businesses and community have faced over the last year and a half, our members have found strength and continue to shine! 

Through the support of our members and the collaboration of community partnerships, the Chamber will celebrate its 80th year of service.  The Enterprise Chamber of Commerce will present the 2021 Chamber Membership Awards at the Annual Meeting & Banquet Dinner on September 16, 2021.   This annual event reflects on our collective accomplishments, and provides an opportunity to spotlight outstanding achievements.  

 

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Chamber Membership Awards!

The awards descriptions and criteria can be found below.  Please submit nominees for each of the categories below to help us bring the "diamonds" of our community to the surface.

  • Business of the Year Award - Nomination Form CLICK HERE

  • Workforce Initiative Award - Nomination Form CLICK HERE

  • Daniel Pratt Economic Impact Award - Nomination Form CLICK HERE

  • Yancey Parker Community Spirit Award - Nomination Form CLICK HERE

  • Non-Profit of the Year Award - Nomination Form CLICK HERE

  • Bea Fuentes Volunteer of the Year Award - Nomination Form CLICK HERE

  • Young Professional of the Year Award - Nomination Form CLICK HERE

  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Nomination Form CLICK HERE

  • Businessperson of the Year Award - Nomination Form CLICK HERE

Submission deadline: August 19, 2021.

Winners will be featured on the Chamber's website, the Chamber's social media and digital newsletter, and local media. If you are interested in nominating a business, organizations, or individual for the 2021 Chamber Membership Awards please complete the nomination form by August 19, 2021. 

Award Criteria:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Among all of the outstanding business members of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, the “Business of the Year” Award recognizes those that stand out for the exceptional contributions to enhance the growth of our area, and create opportunities to promote Enterprise as a place for business to thrive. These businesses demonstrate professional and ethical business practices, promote a sense of cooperation within the entire business community, a high-level of customer service, and a commitment to making Enterprise a better place to live, work, and do business.

 

Business is the backbone of our economy, and plays an integral part of our community. Enterprise would not be the City of Progress without businesses of all sizes, and to recognize that we have divided this award into three different segments:

 

  • Small Business of the Year - Employs 1 to 10

  •  Mid-Sized Business of the Year - Employs 11 to 49

  •  Large Business of the Year - Employs 50+

WORKFORCE INITIATIVE AWARD

The “Workforce Initiative Award” was established to recognize business and industry programs that address the issues of recruiting, training and maintaining workers, utilize local providers of workforce services, and partner with the local community to improve the quality of life for employees and improving the local economy.

DANIEL PRATT ECONOMIC IMPACT AWARD

The “Daniel Pratt Economic Impact Award” is named after Daniel Pratt, the first Alabama Industrialist.  Much credit is given to Pratt for pioneering ventures that opened the door for industry in Alabama, assisting in the building of Alabama’s economy, and providing stability and prosperity through his business efforts.  The “Daniel Pratt Economic Impact Award” recognizes a business or organization that has made a positive economic impact in the Enterprise area by creating new jobs, providing opportunities for advancing new local industry, expanding the tax base, or revitalizing a sector of community.  The significant contributions made by this member provide a positive impact to the community and its residents. 

YANCEY PARKER COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD

The “Yancey Parker Community Spirit Award” is named in memory of Yancey Parker, “Mr. Enterprise”, a long-time businessman, officer and lifetime honorary member of the Chamber. Yancey Parker was well-known for his leadership and selfless commitment to the military and Enterprise community. This award is given to a business, civic, or individual member of the Chamber for their outstanding community service, the highest ideals of volunteerism and the spirit of “EnterPRIDE”.

 

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR

The “Non-Profit of the Year Award” has been established to recognize and honor non-profit entities who have demonstrated exemplary best practices and a positive impact on our community.  They demonstrate a high-level of commitment to community involvement and outstanding achievements that honor their organizational mission. Qualifying non-profit organizations must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Organization must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

  • Organization must have been in operation for a minimum of three (3) years

  • Proven contribution to the community's overall quality of life

BEA FUENTES VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The “Bea Fuentes Volunteer of the Year Award” was established in 2009. Mrs. Bea was an incredible driving force within the Chamber, and set a very high standard of service for the rest of us to follow.  She is honored not only for her volunteer service with the Chamber, but with numerous other organizations within our community to increase the quality of life for our citizens. The “Bea Fuentes Volunteer of the Year” award recognizes an individual that is dedicated to improving the Enterprise Chamber and the community by demonstrating a high-level of commitment to volunteer service.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Young Professionals are a driving force within our community.  They help to shape the future of our local economy, and help to mentor other aspiring young professionals.  The Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of local young professionals who contribute to their community through civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership.  Nominees must meet the following additional criteria:

 

  • Live and/or work in Coffee County

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 39

  • Participate in activities outside of work that make a difference in the well-being of others

  • Has exceptional ethical qualities and strives to improve and preserve the community

 

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

A growing and thriving economy depends on the success of people in business that have a vision, passion, and the determination to succeed! Entrepreneurs are innovative and creative and are willing to take risks to turn their vision into a viable and sustainable enterprise. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes business leaders with a high-level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance, creativity, and determination. In order to emphasize the importance of Enterprise’s small business community. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Must be a Founder, Owner, CEO or President of a member business

  • Be primarily responsible for the recent outstanding achievements and performances of the business

  • Have been in business in the Enterprise community for a minimum of three (3) years

  • Demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial success leading to the creation of new wealth and jobs

  • Can provide 3 reasons as to why the individual will still be growing 5 years from now

  • Demonstrates a commitment to ethical business practices.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to employee support and development.

  • Demonstrates corporate citizenship and/or community leadership.

  

BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR

The Businessperson of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has shown exemplary leadership in the civic community and demonstrated a positive social or economic impact on the Enterprise area while running an independently owned and operated business. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Have between 1 – 100 employees

  • Is the Founder, Owner, CEO, or President of the company

  • Must have been in business for at least five (5) years

  • Demonstrates positive social and/or economic impact on the Enterprise community

  • Exemplifies leadership, professionalism, and commitment to customer care

  • Must demonstrate civic leadership by supporting community initiatives and projects

Submission deadline: August 19, 2021