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Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

2020 Awards Breakfast

Nomination Form

Please nominate a business or individual you feel exemplifies one of the following award categories. The process is simple - fill out the form below and your nomination will be submitted to the Chambersburg Chamber. Thank you!

Athena Leadership Award

This award honors professional, community and personal leadership as well as those who actively assist women in reaching their full leadership potential. This award is well-known on an international scale and is one of the most prestigious leadership awards an individual can receive.

Judging Criteria:

Demonstrating excellence, creativity and initiative in their business/profession, providing valuable service to improve the quality of life for others and assisting women in achieving their leadership potential.

Would you like to submit a hard copy nomination? Click here.

For complete rules, click here.

Event of the Year

This award recognizes excellence in an event delivered to meet local community needs. The event must be organized by a Chambersburg Chamber member, who has been a member for at least one calendar year. Entries must relate to one event that occurred in the 2019 calendar year.

Judging Criteria:

Each entry must include a brief overview of the event so the committee may understand what the event was created for, who was involved, when it started, the scale of the event, content, audience and participants. The entry must also include additional information in essay format that highlights the below criteria (entries should address as many of the below criteria that are applicable):

  • Were strategies and objectives met?
  • Were participants and/or attendees engaged?
  • Event highlights demonstrating its worthiness for the award
  • How did the event serve as a community asset?

Would you like to submit a hard copy nomination? Click here.

For complete rules, click here.

Emerging Business Leader

Presented by the Chamber and 11/30 Network, this award aims to highlight and celebrate the contributions of a young leader, under the age of 40, who is impacting their profession and positively shaping the future of the community.

Judging Criteria:

  • Have consistently demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of his/her profession
  • Demonstrates leadership with a history of collaboration and success such as leading by example, risk-taking to achieve a desired outcome, motivating others, serving as a role model, etc.
  • Actively engaged in positively shaping the future of the community
  • Candidate must be under the age of 40 at the time of the nomination
  • Candidate’s company must be a member of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce for a minimum of one year;
  • Candidate must live/work in the area for a minimum of three years

Would you like to submit a hard copy nomination? Click here.

For complete rules, click here.

Employer of the Year

This award will recognize the company that has created an outstanding workplace and has a committed, effective and motivated workforce as demonstrated by growth and/or strong retention. Nominations may be submitted by the employer or employees.

Judging Criteria:

  • Examples of workplace policies that set you apart and how they have benefited the business and its employees.
  • Demonstrate how the employer supports its employees through training, professional development, recognition and/or job creation
  • A minimum of two employee testimonials that demonstrate why your employees would agree you are the best employer

Would you like to submit a hard copy nomination? Click here.

For complete rules, click here.

Innovator of the Year

This award recognizes an entrepreneur, business owner or key manager who has succeeded through innovation and risk-taking in introducing new products or services, or growing an existing product line through a unique approach. 

Judging Criteria:

  • The recipient will demonstrate noticeable achievements in one or all of the following:
    • New product growth
    • Employee growth
    • Innovative use of technology to improve processes
    • Industry recognition
    • Innovative marketing
    • Impact on the economy of the greater Chambersburg area
    • Ability to overcome adversity
  • The individual will show strong community involvement.
  • The business must have been a business for a minimum of three years.
  • The business must be a current member of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and must have been a member for at least one calendar year.

Would you like to submit a hard copy nomination? Click here.

For complete rules, click here.

Nonprofit of the Year

We will recognize a nonprofit whose innovations address areas of need to improve the prosperity of Franklin County. Self-nominations are permitted.

Judging Criteria:

  • Must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency working within Franklin County.
  • The organization’s mission must address a need in Franklin County and work diligently to fulfill this need in innovative ways.
  • Must describe at least one of the agency’s programs and demonstrate how it fills a niche not adequately addressed by others.
  • The nonprofit should impact the overall prosperity of the greater Chambersburg area and Franklin County.
  • Community contributions of the organization should extend outside of the nonprofit. through collaborations and partnerships with other sectors of the community.
  • The nonprofit must be a current member of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and must have been a member for at least one calendar year.
  • The nonprofit must be governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
  • The organization must have been in operation for at least three years.

Would you like to submit a hard copy nomination? Click here.

For complete rules, click here.

Spirit of the Community

This award will recognize an individual who has demonstrated a tireless and unselfish commitment to improving the quality of life in Chambersburg beyond the role of their career. 

Judging Criteria:

  • Currently leads or has led/supported a community improvement project (must be a project not work-related);
  • Demonstrates ability to bring the community together to accomplish a goal or project;
  • Represents Chambersburg in a positive manner and serves as a positive role model in the community;
  • Demonstrates commitment to promoting and/or contributing to the quality of life in Chambersburg;
  • Candidate’s company is a member of the Chamber for a minimum of one calendar year (exception for retirees)

Would you like to submit a hard copy nomination? Click here.

For complete rules, click here.

Chamber Awards Breakfast

The breakfast will feature a presentation of awards including the international ATHENA Leadership Award as well as other awards that recognize members for their innovation, volunteerism and more. The breakfast will also feature a guest speaker.

For details, contact Lark Kennedy at lkennedy@chambersburg.org or 717-264-7101 ext. 206.

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