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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce encourages local businesses to submit their nominations for the 2013 Industry Appreciation Awards program.
Nominations are due in to the Chamber office by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 31. Nomination forms and the awards criteria are available at the Chamber office located at 1216 21st Street in Vero Beach, online at www.indianriverchamber.com, and from members of the awards committee.
Award recipients will be recognized at the Chamber's annual Industry Appreciation Awards luncheon in September.
The Awards program is part of the Chamber's overall economic development strategy as it relates to business retention and expansion.
"It is important to recognize the achievements of our local businesses and all they add to the quality of life we enjoy in Indian River County," said Helene Caseltine, economic development director for the Chamber.
Categories include awards for new commercial, industrial, and residential construction; commercial redevelopment projects and building renovations, including historic renovations; and "green" construction for those incorporating the use of recycled materials or producing an eco-friendly style. Construction projects are recognized for their architectural aesthetics as well as the benefit to the immediate area. Commercial and industrial projects must be substantially completed with a Certificate of Occupancy issued between August 1, 2012 and July 3, 2013.
The Chamber will also honor Entrepreneur of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Latin Business of the Year, and Company of the Year.
For Entrepreneur of the Year, the awards committee will consider ingenuity, initiative and risk taken by local entrepreneurs and their contribution to the local economy. Considerations for Manufacturer of the Year include the company's role as a "contributory" business, that is, the company sells or distributes the majority of its products outside the local market. Additional criteria include: higher than average wages for their employees; an increase in productivity within the industry; and the company's economic impact. Company of the Year and Latin Business of the Year nominees have similar criteria with a stronger emphasis on the company's work environment, its economic impact on the community, and the company's civic involvement.
For more information on the 2013 Industry Appreciation Awards nominations, call Ms. Caseltine at (772) 567-3491, Ext. 121. The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce is a county-wide organization representing the business community by providing services, benefits and leadership for positive growth and change.