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  • 2023 Chamber Gala & Community Award Celebration

  • We will be celebrating in style with a Northern Lights theme at the stunning JX Event Center!

    The annual Greater Stillwater Chamber Gala is an evening that brings our community together
    to honor and 
    recognize leaders with our annual Community Awards.

    Friday evening, March 3, 2023
    5:30 pm – 10:00 pm   ∼   JX Event Center

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    The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor those around us who help build our business and community and who make a difference. Community awards in 8 categories will be presented at the 2023 Chamber Gala & Community Award Celebration on March 3, at The JX Event Venue: Outstanding businesses and leaders (large & small), Educator, Chamber Ambassador, Community Volunteer, Community Hero, Non-profit organization, and NEW for 2023: Service with a Smalley award!

    This fundraising event is brought to you by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. COCKTAIL OR THEME ATTIRE ENCOURAGED.

     

  • Please allow yourself 15-25 minutes to complete the nomination form and have all the information about the nominee available when you complete the form. The Community Award Selection Council relies on only the data they are given when rating the nomination forms. The Community Award Selection Council is comprised of past winners. Thank you for taking the time to give back!

  • Hero Award Hero Award

    Hero Award (Examples: EMT, fire, medical, military, police, nurses, elected officials, and community leaders)

    • Advocates to increase and promote opportunities for safety, best practices, and resources
    • Enriches others through the services they provide
    • Promotes the collective interests, passions and well-being of our community
    • Serves groups and individuals leading to a larger community impact
    • NOMINATE HERE

    Educator of the Year Educator of the Year

    Educator of the Year (Teacher or Administrator in District 834)

    • Advocates for exceptional student outcomes
    • Enriches the lives of students through positive influence
    • Promotes educational accomplishment beyond the classroom providing models of excellence
    • Serves as a teacher, administrator a public, private or charter school
    • NOMINATE HERE

    Non-Profit of the Year Non-Profit of the Year

    Non-Profit of the Year

    • Advocates for strategic partnerships, to achieve greater results than one organization could achieve on its own
    • Enriches credibility of mission through compliance with standards for management and transparency
    • Promotes innovative approaches and implementations to meet its mission and goals
    • Serves the community and its target audience with pride and results
    • NOMINATE HERE

    Community Volunteer of the Year Community Volunteer of the Year

    Community Volunteer of the Year (Spirit Award)

    • Advocates for non-profits, community events, fundraisers and good causes in our community
    • Enriches our community by serving as a volunteer
    • Promotes innovative or exemplary approaches in performing volunteer service
    • Serves one or many organizations as a volunteer in the St Croix Valley
    • NOMINATE HERE

    Chamber Ambassador of the Year Chamber Ambassador of the Year

    Chamber Ambassador of the Year

    • Advocates on behalf of the Chamber to support membership growth
    • Enriches Chamber membership events by attending and connecting with others at those events
    • Promotes the Chamber within the community
    • Serves as a volunteer at Chamber community events and on event committees
    • NOMINATE HERE

    Small Business of the Year Small Business of the Year

    Business of the Year – Small (1-12 employees within the organization)

    • Advocates for company innovation, social responsibility, employee relations and workplace cultural excellence
    • Enriches our community providing products and/or services that fulfill a local need
    • Promotes involvement in local community economic development activities
    • Serves as a role model of exemplary business ethics
    • NOMINATE HERE

    Large Business of the Year Large Business of the Year

    Business of the Year – Large (13+ employees within the organization)

    • Advocates for company innovation, social responsibility, employee relations and workplace cultural excellence
    • Enriches our community as a quality employer, providing professional development to their team
    • Promotes involvement in a broad range of our community economic development activities
    • Serves as a state-wide role model of exemplary business ethics
    • NOMINATE HERE

    Youth Visionary Award Youth Visionary Award

    Youth Visionary Award (Age 12-18 and must live in the 834 Stillwater Area School District area. This includes public schools, private schools and home-school)

    • Demonstrates excellent leadership skills at home, school and community 
    • Exhibits futuristic initiative to create a movement of positive social change 
    • Participates in outreach/community engagement activities
    • NOMINATE HERE


  • WINNERS of the 2022 Community Awards:

    Chamber Ambassador of the Year ~ Timothy Safe, Pathfinder Insurance Brokers - Timothy Safe Agency
    Non-Profit of the Year ~ United Way of Washington County - East

    Educator of the Year ~ Carissa Keister, Stillwater Area Public Schools

    Large Business of the Year ~  Market & Johnson, Inc.

    Small Business of the Year ~ Prohibition Barbers, Inc.

    Community Volunteer of the Year ~  Cory Buettner, Leo's Grill & Malt Shop

    Community Hero ~ Brad Junker, Stillwater Police Department

    Youth Visionary ~ Ariam Mussiel


    WINNERS of the 2021 Community Awards:

    Chamber Ambassador of the Year ~ WINNER: Judd Orff
    Community Volunteer of the Year ~ WINNER: Sara Jespersen

    Educator of the Year ~ WINNER: Chris Otto

    Hero of the Year ~ WINNER: Tim Bell

    Large Business of the Year ~ WINNER: Water Street Inn

    Small Business of the Year ~ WINNER: Manger Restaurant & Wine Bar

    Non Profit of the Year: WINNER: The Zephyr Theatre

    2020 Vibrancy Award ~ WINNER: The Daily Grind Espresso Bar
    Youth Visionary Award ~ WINNER: William Raymond

    Congratulations to all 2021 nominees - listed HERE!


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