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Voting now open for 2023 Chamber Awards

June 22, 2023

Vote now for Small business, Large business of the year, Community Champion and Nonprofit of the year.

Each year, the chamber celebrates and awards businesses and organizations in Patrick County for their outstanding work that they do for this county. New this year, the 2023 Chamber awards will be announced and a small feature provided in the 2023 Fall Patrick County Magazine in lieu of an awards banquet. The Chamber is asking the public for their help voting for their favorite through our online form that is available on the Chamber’s website and facebook page. The following awards are small business, large business, community champion and nonprofit of the year.

For the small and large business category the business is to recognize a deserving Patrick County business.  Nominee must have demonstrated at least one of the following:  (1) Job growth, (2) Revenue growth, (3) Innovative products or services, (4) Provided exemplary customer service, (5) Volunteers in the community, and (6) Demonstrates economic support of area business community. The small business category is fewer than 25 employees, while the large business category is for those businesses with more than 25 employees.Nominees for Small Business category are: Legacy Insurance, Primitive Coffee Bakery & Antique Market, Uptown Stagecoach on Main Street. Large business nominees are Patrick County Family Practice, Worley’s Machine, Prolam. 

Community Champion recognizes a deserving Patrick County business of any size.  Nominee must have demonstrated several of the following: (1) Encourages collaboration among community partners, (2) Emphasizes service and volunteerism, (3) Innovative products, services or projects that promote a vibrant community, (4) stimulates and inspires optimism, community engagement and development, (5) Volunteers in the community, (6) Demonstrates economic support of area business community. (7) investment in their employees (i.e. professional development opportunities, paid job training or bonuses.) Nominees for community champion are Pickle & Ash, or Clark Gas & Oil.

The non-profit organization of the year recognizes a deserving Non-Profit Organization whose mission and work adds great value to the Patrick County community. Nominee must have demonstrated several of the following: (1) demonstrated a meaningful achievement over the past year that has impacted Patrick County and its citizens, (2) has identified opportunities or unmet needs and, as a result, has initiate changes or developed innovative programs, products, or ideas, (3) demonstrates best practices in nonprofit management and professional development, (4) makes a profound difference in the lives of the citizens of Patrick County, (5) develops and fosters the virtues and skills of civic engagement and social responsibility (6) makes significant contributions to building a more vibrant community (7) encourages community engagement with projects, events, and/or activities. Non-profit organizations nominated are Rotary Club of Stuart, Patrick County Young Professionals, Ararat Ruritan Club.

Voting is available online only at the chamber’s website or facebook page. Voting runs through July 15.One vote per email address will be counted. Winners will be announced in the Fall 2023 Patrick County Magazine.