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2018 Brainerd Lakes Chamber Celebration of Excellence Annual Dinner

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Name: 2018 Brainerd Lakes Chamber Celebration of Excellence Annual Dinner
Date: November 15, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM CST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:
The Brainerd Lakes Chamber  invite you to celebrate the Business Excellence Award, Business Legacy Award, and NEW Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award recipients during our annual Celebration of Excellence! Our Leadership Experience Class of 2018 will also be recognized. 

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LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE GRADUATION

The Blue Ox Business Academy's Leadership Experience Class of 2018 will be recognized. The Leadership Experience is a ten-month program (11 full days!) that develops and inspires emerging leaders through experiences that help them to better understand themselves and their connections to a thriving community. 


Leadership Class of 2018:
Sara Ahlers (A.W. Research Laboratories), Jamie Bieser (Nor-Son), Kristi Blad (Nor-Son), Chris Boelter (Frandsen Bank and Trust), Drew Boland (Ameriprise Financial- Stroot, Schumer & Associates), Dianna Boyer (Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union), Amy Carlson (Thelen Heating and Roofing), Luke Christiansen (Crow Wing Power), Mike DeMuth (Deerwood Bank), Jenniver DeVries (Tri County Community Action Partnership), Darin Dirkes (Nor-Son), Colleen Dols (Brainerd Lakes Chamber), Eric Halbert (Baratto Brothers Construction), Jeff Hanson (Hy-Tec Construction), Gina Heyer (Crow Wing County), John Hoge (Access North Center for Independent Livin gof NE MN), Steve Isle (Thelen Heating and Roofing), Lauren Johnson (CTC), Wayne Knopf (Midwest Security & Fire), Vicki Kueker (Life Link III), Ryan Lapke (Pequot Tool & Manufacturing), Jill Leonard (Avantech), Rachael Lund (Days Inn & Suites), Ashley Martel (Widseth Smith Nolting), Reed Nelson (RiverWood Bank), Lars Ohlin (Deerwood Bank), Philip Olsen (Central Lakes College), Mike Owen (BlackRidgeBANK), Nate Reiley (Thelen Heating and Roofing), Sara Simon (Boyd Lodge), Krista Spizzo (Cuyuna Regional Medical Center), Brian Stenglein (Clow Stamping Company), Max Walter (CTC), Becky Wohl (LINDAR Corporation) and Glen Young (Pequot Tool & Manufacturing).

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Every year the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce recognizes an outstanding business for its entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishments. The Business Excellence Award shines the spotlight on one Brainerd Lakes Chamber member who has displayed our values in the following ways: Leadership, Innovation, Employee Investment, and Community Service. Brainerd Dispatch is the Business Excellence Award Sponsor and will be presenting the award.

Applications for the Business Excellence Award are now be accepted. CLICK HERE to complete the form and return it to Sue Galligan sue@brainerdlakeschamber.com by June 29, 2018.

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The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce will present the Business Legacy Award to an individual who has achieved exceptional business success in his or her lifetime. We seek to recognize inspiring leadership that transcends business and leaves a legacy of community and economic vitality for generations to come. The Business Legacy Award will be presented to an extraordinary individual who embodies these criteria: Leadership, Innovation, Employee Investment and Community Service. RiverWood Bank is the proud sponsor of the Business Legacy Award and will be presenting it to the winner.


Nomination for the Business Legacy Award are now be accepted. CLICK HERE to complete the form and return it to Sue Galligan sue@brainerdlakeschamber.com by June 29, 2018.


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NEW in 2018! The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce will recognize a small business that personifies the spirit of entrepreneurship, pride and success that forms the backbone of our local economy. Our first-ever Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award will honor a Brainerd Lakes Chamber business that employs up to 25 team members. The recipient will possess the following attributes: Leadership, Innovation, Employee Investment and Community Service. Cub Foods is honored to sponsor the Lakes Proud Small Business Award and will be the presenter.

Applications for the Lakes Proud Small Business  of the Year Award are now be accepted. CLICK HERE to complete the form and return it to Sue Galligan sue@brainerdlakeschamber.com by June 29, 2018.


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DESTINATION DOWNTOWN 2.0 THE BIG REVEAL






Presentation of the Destination Downtown Business Challenge   winner! Destination Downtown is a unique business competition to advance the economic revolution of Downtown Brainerd. With a Community prize package worth more than $50,000, the Business Challenge will provide an awesome advantage to entrepreneurs seeking to start or expand a business.

Our 2017 Destination Downtown Challenge winner was Purple Fern Bath Company!
 
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TABLE SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES ($TBD)

INDIVIDUAL SEATS $TBD

ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO PURCHASE

Refreshment Tickets
Treat your table guests to complimentary beverages. Purchase tickets in advance and pick up at the registration table when you arrive. Tickets good for: nonalcoholic beverages, beer, wine and all mixed drinks.

  • 1 Drink per Guest (8 total) $TBD
  • 2 Drinks per Guest (16 total) $TBD
Pre-Set Wine with Dinner at Your Table
Serve your guests two bottles of wine and enjoy the program without having to leave the table.
$TBD / 2 Bottles. Choose two:
  • Bread and Butter Chardonnay
  • Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio
  • Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir
  • Beringer Founders Estate Merlot
 Support the LakesPROUD Movement
Help us keep it local! www.lakesproud.com
  • $50 LakesPROUD Donation
  • $100 LakesPROUD Donation

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EVENT SCHEDULE:
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Social Hour (appetizers and cash bar)

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • Celebration of Excellence Welcome -
  • Recognition of volunteers, committees, and retiring board members
  • Graduation of the Leadership Class of 2018
  • Plated Dinner
  • Business Excellence Award Presentation - Sponsored by Brainerd Dispatch
  • Business Legacy Award Presentation - Sponsored by Riverwood Bank
  • Lakes Proud Small Business Award Presentation - Sponsored by Cub Foods
  • Destination Downtown 2.0 Presentation and Winner Announced!

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ABOUT THE AWARDS
The Brainerd Lakes Chamber will present three awards at its seventh-annual Celebration of Excellence on November 15th - the traditional Business Excellence Award, which goes to an outstanding local business, the Business Legacy Award, which celebrates individual lifetime achievements as well as community and economic contributions and the New Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award which will recognize a small business that personifies the spirit of entrepreneurship in the Brainerd Lakes Area! 
 
For all three awards, a nomination/application process was announced in June 2018. After the deadline passed in mid-July, a ten-member volunteer selection committee independently scored and discussed each applicant before choosing the recipients.
 
Past recipients of the Business Excellence Award include:

  • Widseth Smith Nolting (2012)
  • Crosswoods Golf (2013)

  • Grand View Lodge (2014)

  • Ultra Paws LLC (2015)
     
  • Just for Kix (2016)
  • CTC (2017)

Past recipient of the Business Legacy Award:
  • Stewart C. Mills Jr. (2016)
  • Arnie Johnson (2017)
Event Media:
Event Sponsors:

Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award

Business Excellence Award

Business Legacy Award

Location:
Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
Sports Centre

11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

 
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, November 15, 2018
5:00 p.m. - Social
6:00 p.m. - Leadership Experience Class of 2018
6:30 p.m. - Plated dinner
7:00 p.m. - Celebration of Excellence program
Contact Information:
Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
Fees/Admission:

 
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