Cleveland County Chamber Annual Banquet

Cleveland County Chamber Annual Banquet

The Chamber needs your help in nominating deserving winners for our annual awards banquet on January 29th. If you know someone that would fit in any of the award categories below, please nominate them by downloading a form here or give us a call for more info at 704.487.8521.

Carson L. Fox Small Business/Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Established to acknowledge a Chamber member whose courage and fortitude has created one of our many outstanding local business establishments. The award recognizes the business owners, who has established a profitable enterprise and nurtured a sense of progressiveness for our community. The Small Business of the Year is given as a tribute to Carson L. Fox, founder of Fox Distributing Company.

Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award

Established in 2004 in recognition of Duke Energy’s 100 year Anniversary, this award is to recognize and reward leadership and/or involvement in volunteerism and community service; to
encourage a culture of citizenship and service in our communities; and to complement the efforts of those individuals and organizations in our community striving to improve our quality of life. Recipients do not have to be a Chamber member or a Duke Energy customer. The award can be presented to either an individual or an organization.

Athena Award

Recipients must be female. Nominees are evaluated based on the following:

  • Must be a Chamber member or work for a member business/organization
  • Demonstrates support of the goals of professional women and provides assistance on their behalf
  • Demonstrates excellence in business or profession
  • Provides valuable service to business, profession, &/or community
  • Exhibits initiative & creativity, enhancing the efficacy of business or profession and the improvement of the community

Bridge Builder Award

The Bridge Builder Award will be awarded to a Chamber member who through his/her significant civic, business, and/or social contributions has been constructive in uniting the community of Cleveland County.

Zenith Award

The Zenith Award will be presented to one (a citizen) who throughout his/her lifetime has set a standard for extraordinary service and community involvement, thereby improving the quality of life  for all citizens of Cleveland County. Chamber membership is not required, but selection committee  may look more favorably on nominations of citizens who have exhibited support of the Chamber through membership or volunteerism.

 Jean Bettis Support Staff Award

Established by Cleveland County Chamber to pay tribute annually to support staff whose corporate
loyalty and attitude have made an important and constant contribution to their organization’s transitions and growth. The Inaugural Award was presented in 1997, to Jean Bettis, Office Manager of Cleveland County Chamber, recognizing 40 years of loyalty and service. Other criteria include:

  • Employer must be Chamber member
  • Must be with the company for a minimum of 10 years
  • Must demonstrate growth in their position
  • Must demonstrate a willingness to accept added responsibility
  • Must demonstrate ability to learn new technology
  • Examples of training completed (if applicable)

 Paul P. Limerick Volunteer of Year Award

Recognition for the Chamber member who provides outstanding service and commitment to the Chamber organization. The recipient cannot be a member of the Board of Directors and only volunteer efforts on behalf of the Chamber count toward this award. Staff members collaborate to select the recipient of this award. No nomination form is available.

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