2012 Chamber Awards of Distinction

Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce

Nominations are Now Open!

From now through 12pm on Thursday, February 7, 2013, nominations are officially open for our 2012 Chamber Awards of Distinction. All Chamber members in good standing may submit nominations for each category and multiple nominations are encouraged. Click here to visit our website where you can download a copy of the nomination form (or pick one up in person at our office) and be sure to get it into us by 12pm on Thursday, February 7th! Let's recognize all the great things our fellow members and community partners are doing!

How This Works ...

  • To be eligible, you must be a Chamber member in good standing (except for Event of the Year)
  • Nominations will be accepted from Chamber members only
  • Once finalists are announced (mid February), voting will be open to the general public – one vote per person per category
  • Awards will be presented at our 2nd Annual Gala scheduled for March 23, 2013

General guidance / criteria: In keeping with our mission, ideally nominees are involved in promoting and supporting our Chamber, its members and/or our community, participate in or otherwise support our committees, chamber meetings and events, through attendance, volunteering or donations of goods &/or services. Nominees should be recognized leaders in our community in their category(ies).

Specific Categories & Additional Criteria

Business of the Year

Sets a great example in one or more of: marketing/PR; customer service; employee training/programs; quality/variety of product or service mix; attracting visitors &/or businesses to our community.

Citizen of the Year

A significant contributor to our community, whether by way of time, leadership or otherwise. May be involved in multiple projects or groups or significantly involved in one. Sets a great example of selfless, inclusive & inspiring behavior.

Community Partner of the Year

Should be a non-profit organization or public, educational or tribal agency or body (or branch/department of one). Sets a great example of working cooperatively with and supporting other community organizations/agencies/members.

Event of the Year

Any community event is eligible. Should promote or otherwise benefit our community and/or its members through one or more of: charitable fundraiser; attracting tourists/visitors to our area; benefiting local businesses and/or community members. Well run, organized and publicized as an enjoyable experience for participants, who are left with a positive impression of our community. We will also consider $ raised (for charity or local economy), # of participants (individuals & groups/businesses), # of out of town participants and publicity generated for our community or community-benefiting cause.

New Member of the Year

Joined the Chamber during 2012 and already making a noticeable contribution to our Chamber or community. See our website (under Members) for a list of our Newest Members.

Best Customer Service

You know it when you experience it! Consistently sets a great example for exceptional customer service and has a reputation for such.

Best Storefront

True to brand and marketing goals. Inviting to customers and passersby. Improves the look and feel of the block/area in which it is situated. Positively reflects upon our community.

Important Dates

  • Nominations Open: Now through February 7th at 12pm
  • Voting on Finalists: February 14th – March 14th
  • Awards Presented: March 23rd, 2013 at Chamber Gala

2011 Winners

Business of the Year: The Shanty

Citizen of the Year: Nancy Thompson

Community Partner of the Year: The Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Event of the Year: Who Let the Girls Out?!

Best Customer Service: STCU – Newport Branch

Best Storefront: The Shanty

Best New Member: Bear Naked Adventures

Gary Burroughs Award for Excellence: Steve Shumski *not open for voting – awarded by Chamber President


Please contact our Executive Director, Valorie Hein either by email valorie@newportareachamber.com or by phone at (509) 447-5812. Visit us online at www.newportareachamber.com or visit us in person at 325 West 4th Ave, Newport, WA.