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INDUSTRY APPRECIATION AWARDS PROGRAM
Each year, we  celebrate the success of local businesses at our annual Industry Apprecation Awards event at the Indian River State College Richardson Center.  And, this year was no different! We recognize local businesses in a variety of categories, as listed below.  

The 2023 Awards event was held  Oct. 26 - and it was a great event!  Please click here for a list of our 2023 Award Recipients, and here to view some happy and fun photos of our award recipients and attendees.  Major Congratulations to everyone!

If you'd like to be considered for one of these coveted awards, please take a look at the nomination categories below, as we'll be starting the process all over again in early 2024. 
We have a terrific team of volunteers who seek out nominations, and who ultimately vote as to who will be recognized for each criteria or sub-criteria.  Check out the latest edition of "Treasure Coast Insider", hosted by Anna Valencia-Tillery from White Glove Moving & Storage (and Committee Volunteer), to hear more about the program.

Our ARCHITECTURAL RECOGNITION awards recognize projects that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also improve the area in which they are located.  It may be a single building or could comprise multiple buildings - retail, commercial, or industrial.

Architectural Recognition/New Construction - Primarily consider the exterior of the  building(s), with recognition given to extraordinary interior design work and structural design that goes above and beyond what is required by local government; the Certificate of Occupancy must be issued between 8/1/2022 and 8/1/2023.  New buildings constructed for non-profits and governmental entities are also eligible.

Architectural Recognition/Renovation or Restoration - Simliar considerations as new construction, but focusing on historical restoration or renovation, or giving an older facility a much-needed "face lift"; Certificate of Completion must be issued between 8/1/2022 and 8/1/2023; you'll also need to include before/after photos with your nomination.

Architectural Recognition/Adaptive Re-Use - A NEW category for this year! The award recognizes a business that has purchased or moved into a long-vacant building and made it their own, completely changing the original use and/or character of the structure, breathing new life into a once vacant building.  

Our ". . . OF THE YEAR" Awards recognize companies that are successful within their industry, provide a positive work environment, and give back to our community:

Manufacturer of the Year - Excel within your industry, export products out of the region/state/country, and provide a positive work environment.

Entrepreneur of the Year - Must be in business 5 years or less, demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles in starting your venture and relay your level of community involvement.

Minority Business of the Year - At least 51% owned by a person (or persons) who is members of a particular racial, ethnic, or gender makeup or national origin, as defined by Florida Statute.  Work environment, success wtihin your industry, and community involvement are all considered.

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year - Honoring a local Veteran who is also a successful business owner in Indian River County.  Additional criteria is similar as our Company of the Year award, below.

Company of the Year - Small, mid-size and large business within any industry; work environment, success within your industry, and community involvement are all considered.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors:

              

                  


If you see a construction or renovation project in Indian River County, or know of a company deserving recognition - maybe your own - please call or email us at the Chamber.:  772-567-3491 or helenec@indianrivered.com.  

The Industry Appreciation Awards program is one of the Chamber's signature events. It is held annually to recognize local businesses - Chamber members or not - for what they contribute to our community, either through stunning architectural enhancements, success within their industry, providing a positive work environment, and/or giving back to our community. This program is one of the many activities within our Business Retention/Expansion initiatives.  


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