A little early – but what the heck, if you’ve got nothing else to do – nominate someone – just make sure it’s not us.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON August 26, 2011 The Burlington Chamber of Commerce announced on August 9th that they are now accepting nominations for the 2011 Business Excellence Awards and the Mayor’s Community Service Awards. Closing date for nominations is October 7th . The awards will be handed out April of 2012. Guess they want to beat the Christmas rush.

Burlington just loves handing out awards and holding gala fund raising events. It is almost a cottage industry in this city. The awards are to recognize overall success and excellence of local area businesses and are given in several categories including Manufacturer, Retail/Wholesale, Service Industry, Small Business, New Product and Young Entrepreneur.

A new award will be presented this year to the Employer of the Year.  Awards are not necessarily given in every category each year.  All companies or divisions of companies that are located in Burlington OR are members in good standing of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, AND have a tangible business connection within the City of Burlington for a minimum of three years are eligible to be nominated.  Sounds as if anyone can lob their name into the basket.

Nominees for the Mayor’s Community Service Awards will be considered on the basis of criteria that show how they contribute to Burlington’s quality of life, making Burlington a better place in which to live and work. The first award to be considered is for a for-profit business and the second is for a not-for-profit organization providing charitable works or services in Burlington. The nominees must be located within the City of Burlington and not have received a Mayor’s Community Service Award within the past five years.

Does the Mayor make the selection? And if it is a “Mayor’s Award” why is it being touted by the Chamber of Commerce?

The deadline for all nominations is October 7, 2011.  To nominate a company visit the Chamber website at www.burlingtonchamber.com and click on Business Awards Gala.

All awards will be presented at the Business Awards Gala on April 12, 2012 at the Burlington Convention Centre.

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Burlington and represents over 1,000 member companies at the local, regional, provincial and federal level.  For more information visit the Burlington Chamber website at www.burlingtonchamber.com




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