Chamber looking for small business nominations

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FORT MADISON, IA – Each May during National Small Business Week the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce honors the greater Fort Madison small business community for their efforts and achievements during the previous calendar year.

The Small Business of the Year and the Micro Business of the Year awards are presented and all nominees are acknowledged during the Annual Salute to Small Business Breakfast.

The Salute to Small Business Breakfast, sponsored by Huffman Welding & Machine and Huffman Farm & Home, will be held on Thursday, May 9th at the Quality Inn & Suites; doors open at 7 a.m. to browse the expo displays and a buffet breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. ($10/per person Fort Madison Area Chamber member employees, $15/per person non-members).

Eligible businesses will be based on the following criteria:
•Is organized for profit
•Has a place of business in Fort Madison
•Is independently owned and operated
•Is not dominant in its field on a national basis
•Made an impact on the community or economy over the past year (2018)
•Has changed and/or grown in the past year (2018)

To nominate a business, please contact the chamber at or 319-372-5471. A committee of former award winners and Chamber Event Committee members will review the nominations, and make a decision based on the above criteria. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 19th at the chamber office.

Past Small Business of the Year Recipients include: 2003 – Matt’s Greenhouse; 2004 – Floors, Décor, and More; 2005 – Industrial Tooling and Fabrication; 2006 – Heartland Harvest Winery; 2007 – Fit 24/7; 2008 – Independent Can Company; 2009 – Pendemonium; 2010 – Your Heat and Air Guy; 2011- Mohrfeld Electric2012: Sheaffer Pen Museum; 2013 – The Flower Cottage; 2014 – Bix Basement Systems; 2015 – Sub Arena Sandwich Shop; 2016 – Group Benefit Partners; 2017 – Thomas Klann State Farm

Past Micro Business of the Year Recipients include: 2014 – Fork-It; 2015 – KLM Realty; 2016 – Rev Fitness; 2017 – Dollhouse Dreams.

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