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Chamber accepting award nominations
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The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 20th annual awards banquet and gala to be held March 2.

The ceremony pays tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the community in volunteerism, leadership and entrepreneurship.

"Those who are recognized make such a difference to our organization and our community and we are proud to celebrate their contributions," said Chamber President Linda Williams. "As a business organization we applaud the successes of our small business owners, the entrepreneurs who take the risk and start businesses on their own."

Award categories include: Jim Wallace Volunteer of the Year, Don Gordon Business Leader of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Jim Wallace Volunteer of the Year awards an individual, who through their time, support or financial contributions, made a significant impact on the community in 2011.

"The volunteers who are honored make what our chamber does possible and we are blessed with volunteers who contribute their time and a diversity of talents," Williams said.

While the Don Gordon Business Leader of the Year Award recognizes the owner or manager of a business with more than 20 employees, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award honors a small business owner with 20 or fewer employees.

"It is the small business sector that comprises the majority of business throughout the nation and small business is where it all begins," Williams said. "The business leaders who guide the success of our larger companies mean numerous jobs for our citizens and they play a major part of the multiplier effect in the economics of our community."

In addition to providing motivation and development opportunities for employees, nominees should exhibit sound business practices, have business plans, strategies and goals that are progressive and designed to grow the company and be a member in good standing with the chamber.

"If you know of someone who should be recognized, please take the time to nominate him or her and help us recognize the best of the best," Williams said.

Nominees must be able to attend the banquet and awards ceremony.

Nomination forms are available at the chamber office and must be submitted no later than Feb. 3 for consideration.

For more information, call the chamber at (706) 265-6278.