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INDUSTRY APPRECIATION AWARDS PROGRAM

The Chamber’s Industry Appreciation Awards program is an annual event in which we recognize local businesses for what they contribute to our community either through architectural enhancements, success within their industry, or their community involvement.  The program is one of the many activities within our Business Retention/Expansion initiatives.  We thank Florida Power & Light for their generous sponsorship of our Awards program!

Our Awards Committee is actively seeking nominations for our 2017 awards luncheon, scheduled for September 21 at Indian River State College.  Committee members, who are all Chamber volunteers, may be calling on your company to encourage you to submit a nomination.  The majority of our nominees are "self-nominated".

For a complete list of criteria for all of the nomination categories, please click here.  All completed nomination forms are due in to the Chamber office by 5pm on Friday, July 28, 2017.  Please click here to review the Nomination Package, providing answers to the "Who, What, Where and Why" for this program.  You can download the nomination forms by clicking on the appropriate catagory, below. To see photos of the 2016 Award Recipients, we invite you to click here.

Architectural Recognition

Projects considered under the Architectural Recognition category are valued not only for their aesthetic achievements, but also how the new or renovated building improves the area in which it is located, the ease of access for pedestrians and for vehicles, plus landscaping or other improvements made that are above and beyond what is required by local government. 

New Commercial Building or New Commercial Project
A “project” is considered more than one building within the same plan, or one building with multiple tenants.
 
Redevelopment/Remodeling
This could include work done to modernize or re-purpose a building, or a building expansion. The interior improvements of a project will also be considered if there are substantial structural improvements made to the exterior.

Restoration/Renovation
Restoration includes those projects that are restored to the building’s original nature.  The interior improvements of a project will also be considered if there are substantial structural improvements made to the exterior.

“Green Construction” Award – Residential and Non-Residential
Projects that use landscaping that improves the area’s natural environment and use of xeriscape materials.  Also considered are the project’s unique features, such as energy efficiency, use of solar power, and recycled materials.

New Residential Development - Single Family/Multi-Family criteria
Single-Family developments should have approximately 30% of the homes completed to be eligible.  A single, free-standing home is not eligible.

Our ". . . of the Year" awards are:

Manufacturer of the Year - Committee members will consider:

  • Growth of company in its industry and/or facilities
  • Long-term prospects in the market
  • Quality of jobs - full time, benefits, at or above a county average wage of $39,390
  • Economic impact on community - payroll, taxes, utility, purchases within community
  • Community involvement
  • Value-added company with a majority of sales outside the region

Minority Business of the Year - As defined by Florida Statute: at least 51% owned by persons who are members of a particular racial, ethnic, or gender makeup or national origin. Committee members will consider:

  • Economic impact from taxes, payroll
  • Contributions, purchases within community; success of company in its industry
  • Community involvement
  • Employee work environment
  • Contribution to county's quality of life

Entrepreneur of the Year - Nominees in this category are recognized for their ingenuity, initiative and risk taken, plus their contribution to the local economy.  Nominees must be in business in Indian River County for 5 years or less. Committee members will consider:

  • Contribution to the community
  • Distinctiveness of the company’s product(s) or service
  • Company growth
  • Challenges in launching the company
  • Corporate citizenship

Company of the Year - Committee members will consider:

  • Economic impact from taxes, payroll; company contributions
  • Purchases within community
  • Success of company in its industry
  • Community involvement
  • Employee work environment
  • Contribution to county's quality of life

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