Chamber nominating business owners, others for annual awards

    Imperial Chamber of Commerce members are in the process of nominating fellow businesses, owners, managers and others for their annual awards.
    Called the Business, Expansion and Retention Awards, the Chamber will announce its 2017 winners on Tuesday, March 14, during a reception at St. Patrick Parish Hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
    Chris Lee, Chamber board member     and past president, said eight awards are given annually, and businesses are now making their nominations.
    Nominations are to be submitted by next Friday, Feb. 10. Chamber members should have received an email with information on the nominating process.
    Here are the eight awards given each year:
    Young Professional (35 years or younger)—Recognizes a professional under the age of 35 who exhibits exemplary professional accomplishments and a commitment to their profession as well as our community.  
    Rising Star Award—Recognizes a Chamber business that has been in operation for less than five years and provides a new service or product to the area.
     Businesses of the Year (one small, one large)—Recognizes a Chamber business that has expanded their facilities or had major equipment upgrades in the last year.
    Outstanding Customer Service Award­—Recognizes a Chamber business that excels in the area of customer service.  
    Good Neighbor Award—A Chamber person(s) who has made an overwhelming contribution of their time and talents to the community, encompassing multiple organizations that they belong to.  
    Tried and True Award—Recognizes an established Chamber business that has been a strong supporter of Imperial for many years. This business has given back to the community either monetarily or through volunteering their time and employees.
    Helping Hand Award—A non-Chamber person(s) who has made an overwhelming contribution of their time and talents to the community.
    Lee said Chamber businesses making nominations are asked to include a brief explanation of their reasons for the nomination.    
    Nominations can be dropped off to the Frenchman Valley Coop main office, The Imperial Republican, Pinnacle Bank or First Bank and Trust.
    They can also be emailed to Chris Lee at, Michelle Spady at, Jana Pribbeno at or Matthew Musgrove at

The Imperial Republican

308-882-4453 (Phone)

308-882-5167 (Fax)

622 Broadway St

PO Box 727

Imperial, NE 69033