Chamber Announces Annual Award Nominees

The Knox County Chamber of Commerce and Corporate Sponsor the Energy Cooperative announce the nominees for the Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony.  The event will be held Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Kenyon Athletic Center.

Each year the Ambassadors of the Chamber of Commerce nominate three individuals/businesses in nine categories.  The 2017 nominees are:

Environmental Sustainability Award sponsored by: Kenyon College
The Environmental Sustainability Award honors the Knox County business or organization that has done most during the past year to introduce sustainable practices into its operations or to promote awareness of sustainable practices and encourage their use. Examples include, but are not limited to, business or organizational commitments to the use of locally grown and raised foods; educational programs at any level; environmentally positive land development; “green” building (especially construction that participates in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system); programs that address clean-air and clean-water issues; ride-sharing and other transportation-related initiatives; and use of less-polluting or non-polluting fuels.
Nominees are:
Foundation Park Conservancy
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Rotary Club of Mount Vernon

Heart Award sponsored by: Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd.
The Heart Award is given to a Chamber member business recognized for achieving and maintaining architectural design that complements our community.
Nominees are:
The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge
Kenyon College, Wright Center
Knox Community Hospital, Hull Business Center

Quality of Life Award sponsored by: Knox Community Hospital
The Quality of Life Award is awarded to a non-profit Chamber member business whose work has enriched the lives of Knox County residents.
Nominees are:
Area Development Center
The Freedom Center
United Way of Knox County

Paul Slaughter Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by: CenturyLink
The Paul Slaughter Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual whose business has been a Chamber member for at least two years, who consistently volunteers for both Chamber and community projects and has contributed to a single unique project in the county within the past two years.
Nominees are:
Cheri Butcher, First-Knox National Bank
Melanie Bolender, The Ohio Eastern Star Home
Tonya Boucher Gallagher, Woodforest National Bank

Investor in the Future Award sponsored by: Ariel Corporation
The Investor in the Future Award is given to a Chamber member who has demonstrated an investment in the future of Knox County and/or has spearheaded a significant contribution or investment in the youth of Knox County.
Nominees are:
KSAAT, Knox Substance Abuse Action Team
MTVarts
Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County

Women in Business Leadership Award sponsored by: Fredericktown Chevrolet Co., Inc.
The Women in Business Leadership Award is given to a Chamber member who serves as a role model encouraging women to achieve their full leadership potential.
Nominees are:
Arlene Griffith, ACS Title & Closing Services
Jan Reynolds, Ariel Foundation
Kathy Greenich, Knox County Career Center

Small Business of the Year Award sponsored by: Zelkowitz, Barry & Cullers, Ltd.
The Small Business of the Year Award is given to a Chamber member business with fewer than 50 employees that has been in operation for more than five years, consistently contributes to both Chamber and community projects, has a reputation for integrity and fair business practice, and has demonstrated management or product innovation as well as successful solutions to business issues.
Nominees are:
Flapper’s Bar & Grille
Heartland Promotional Products
IConn Video Production
Lashley Training Center

Business of the Year Award sponsored by: First-Knox National Bank
The Business of the Year Award is given to a Chamber member business with more than 50 employees that has been in operation for more than five years, consistently contributes to both Chamber and community projects, has a reputation for integrity and fair business practice, and has demonstrated management or product innovation as well as successful solutions to business issues.
Nominees are:
CES Credit Union
The Laurels of Mount Vernon
Ver-Mac Industries

The Judy Klavins Ambassador of the Year Award sponsored by: The Killbuck Savings Bank Co.
To be announced at the dinner.

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by: Central Ohio Technical College
To be announced at the dinner.

Join us to congratulate all the nominees and recipients, and to honor the 2017 Lifetime Achievement recipient Friday, January 5, 2018.