Waukon Chamber accepting nominations for Person of the Year and Business of the Year

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from community residents for awards to be distributed later this year in a manner to be determined by COVID-19 pandemic guidelines. Those awards include Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors within the Waukon community, and award nominations are due to the Waukon Chamber of Commerce by June 1 of this year.

The Chamber will bestow those honors upon the best nominated candidate fitting the following award criteria:

Business of the Year
The Business of the Year Award, presented by the Waukon Chamber of Commerce, is given each year to a business that offers high-quality products or services, demonstrates strong ethical standards, exhibits leadership with its employees and clients and within its industry, and is active in the community. The award winner must be in business for at least five years, locally owned or a locally-owned franchise, and an active member of the community.

Person of the Year
The Person of the Year award will be presented to a person who is exemplifying the spirit of Waukon through dedication and service to the community. The award will go to someone who is making a difference in the community by bringing financial and/or non-financial benefits to Waukon through their efforts, or who is making a difference in the community with active and enthusiastic volunteerism, being a leader - defined by actions, not title - by instilling their own community pride, high personal standards and values in others around them, and serving as a positive role model to this community’s future generations of leaders by demonstrating integrity, character and trustworthiness. It is suggested that entrants should be able to show evidence of some or all of the following: Developed and implemented strategic business plans, implemented plans to achieve growth and improve Waukon, and has actively taken steps to exceed customer expectations.

Nomination forms for these awards can be picked up at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce office, located at 101 West Main Street in Waukon or downloaded from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce website at www.waukon.org. Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Chamber office by June 1 and can be done so in person or emailed to waukonchamber@gmail.com.

Those making nominations for these awards are reminded that it is the quality of the nomination that determines the award winner, not the quantity of letters in support of the nominee. The nominations and ensuing awards are intended to be a surprise to the deserving individuals, so it is encouraged that they are not informed of their nomination prior to receiving the actual award.

Individuals/groups or local businesses will be honored at either the Chamber’s annual banquet, which has not yet been scheduled and has been delayed in hopes of having an in-person event, or at the annual Waukon Corn Days event later this summer. For more information, contact Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Leddia Tallman at 563-568-4110 or email waukonchamber@gmail.com.