New local awards and recognition announced

National Small Business Week is May 3-9, 2020, and the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) want to take this opportunity to give some additional attention to our local small businesses during this very challenging time.

It is very clear, now more than ever, how much we value you, we miss you and can’t wait to see you (in person) again! So, as we comply with the social distancing guidelines, we decided to partner and sponsor five small business awards during National Small Business Week: Community Champion of the Year; Innovative Business of the Year; New Business of the Year; Veteran-Owned Business of the Year and Women-Owned Business of the Year.

Brookings is very fortunate to have depth, variety, and longevity within its small business sector. It’s fair to say our small businesses are pretty awesome! As we all try to find our way through these unprecedented times, our businesses continue to shine and exceed our expectations as they show innovation, ingenuity and grit.  

Both the Chamber and BEDC support small businesses with a variety of programs and initiatives, and through all stages from launching to retirement. Each organization knows the dedicated people behind these businesses, the countless hours they put in and the passion they have not just for their business, but the community as well.

 “There are so many amazing small business owners here in Brookings! I’m excited be able to acknowledge them and celebrate their hard work and dedication,” said Ashley Biggar, Director of the Chamber’s Downtown Brookings program.  “We invite residents to help us recognize these businesses by nominating them to receive the new awards.”

Nomination applications can be found on the Chamber website www.brookingschamber.org/business-development, and individuals can submit as many different nominations as they would like. The deadline for submitting is Friday, April 17, 2020 and the awards will be announced one per day May 4-8th of National Small Business Week.

“Brookings has small businesses in every industry sector – retail, manufacturing, service, hospitality, and more. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the integral role they have in growing our local economy,” said Jennifer Quail, Director of Entrepreneur Support with BEDC.

The federal government classifies businesses with 500 or fewer employees as a “small business”. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the US each year.

For more information, please contact Ashley Biggar at ashley@brookingschamber.org or call the Chamber at 605-696-7561.

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