Chamber seeks small business nominees

FORT MADISON – 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.

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 (2021)
  • Has changed and/or grown in the past year (2021)

New last year, the Chamber will once again be awarding a small business for Innovator of the Year. The Innovator of the Year Award will recognize one business that changed their business model to accommodate their customers in a way they hadn’t before. “2020 made many businesses rethink their way of doing things and we want to continue to recognize that,” said Chamber Director Savanna Collier.

To nominate a business, please contact the chamber at chamber@fortmadison.com 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 Wednesday, April 20th.

The event is sponsored by Huffman Welding & Machine and Huffman Farm & Home.

The Salute to Small Business Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 5th at Small Grand Things; doors open at 7:00am to browse the expo displays and a buffet breakfast will be available starting at 7:30am ($15/per person for Fort Madison Area Chamber member employees, $20/per person for non-members).

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