Awards of Excellence

In honor of Small Business Week, the Chamber recognizes businesses, entrepreneurs and employees on the fourth Thursday of May at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Nominations are sought by their in the following categories: Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Wellness in the Workplace and Entrepreneur of the Year. Area businesses are also recognized for the Bemidji Business Gives program.

Nominations for their year's event are now open. Think of those that demonstrate exceptional customer service, have contributed to the community or show their staff a pleasant and healthy work environment. Nominees must be a chamber member in good standing to be considered. A panel of judges is compiled to make the decision of the winners.

2019 will mark the 15th Annual Awards of Excellence celebration! Be thinking of businesses and entrepreneurs who deserve recognition and a nomination.

 

Past Awards of Excellence Winners

Entrepreneur of the Year

2005 - Rich Seigert, Hampton Inn & Suites

2006 - Curt Saufferer, UPS Store

2007 - Ken Howe, Dunn Brothers

2008 - Gary Johnson, Bemidji Medical Equipment

2009 - Jennifer Theisen & Trish Ritchie, TJ Design Studio

2010 -  Royce & Kristi Southerland, Bemidji Design Center

2011 - John & Scott Winter, Northwoods Landscape & Recreation

2012 - Jason LaValley, LaValley Industries

2013 - Mike Karvakko, Karvakko Engineering

2014 - Tammy Schotzko, We Love Messes

2015 - Samantha Nienow, Red Zest Design & Mychal Stittsworth, Stittsworth Meats

2016 - Erik Hokuf, AirCorps Aviation

2017 - Mychal Stittsworth, Stittsworth Meats

2018 - Hannah Anderson

New Business of the Year

2008 - Minnesota Nice Cafe

2009 - Bad Cat Creations

2010 -  Red Zest Design

2011 - Urban Essence

2012 - Stittsworth Meats

2013 - Tutto Bene

2014 - Bemidji Axemen Professional Football

2015 - Always There Staffing, Inc.

2016 - The Skin Company & Spa

2017 - Face it Together

2018 - Lake Bemidji Bed & Breakfast

Charlie Naylor Lifetime Achievement

2009 - Charlie Naylor Family

2010 -  Dr. Ted Gillett

2011 - Joe Lueken

2012 - Joe & Bob Welle

2013 - M. James Bensen

2014 - Lou Buron & Mary Campbell

2015 - Bill Howe

2016 - Ann Daley

2017 - Wayne Thorson

2018 - Andy Wells

Business of the Year

2005 - North Country Health Services

2006 - Paul Bunyan Telephone

2007 - First National Bank Bemidji

2008 - North Country Business Products

2009 - MedSave Family Pharmacy

2010 - Pinnacle Publishing

2011 - Seven Days Design

2012 - Harmony Natural Foods Co-op

2013 - Bar 209 & Lueken's Village Foods

2014 - Bemidji Woolen Mills

2015 - Paul Bunyan Communications

2016 - Bemidji Brewing

2017 - Ottertail Power Company

2018 - Concordia Language Villages & United Way of Bemidji Area

Wellness in the Workplace

2008 - Beltrami Electric Cooperative

2009 - North Country Business Products

2010 - First National Bank Bemidji

2011 - Medsave Family Pharmacy

2012 - Kraus-Anderson Construction

2013 - Security Bank USA

2014 - Paul Bunyan Communications

2015 - First National Bank Bemidji

2016 - Pinnacle Publishing

2017 - First National Bank Bemidji

2018 - Security Bank USA

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