Earlier today, we were honored to host another year of the ChamberChoice Awards and honor the best of the best organizations in our community. James Cunningham was back for the fourth year as emcee, and once again had everyone laughing throughout the ceremony and on the blue carpet. Tom Dawson and Roger Reierson, representing the event’s presenting sponsors, opened the luncheon in a Charlie Chaplin-inspired video with about 800 people in attendance.
We unveiled the winning businesses—and entrepreneur—in six categories according to our judges’ votes, and named the People’s Choice winner from your own voting prior to the event.
The winners are …
- Small Business of the Year: Great North Insurance
- Business of the Year: Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.
- Small Not-for-Profit of the Year: Dorothy Day House of Hospitality
- Not-for-Profit of the Year: Rape & Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Eric Newell – Stoneridge Software
- Young Professionals Best Place to Work: Gate City Bank
- People’s Choice Award: Healing Arts Chiropractic
Finalists for the awards were…
- Small Business of the Year: Matt’s Automotive Service Center and Spotlight Media Inc.
- Business of the Year: Heritage Homes, LLC and Midco
- Small Not-for-Profit of the Year: Emergency Food Pantry, Inc. and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley
- Not-for-Profit of the Year: YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties and YWCA Cass Clay
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Nick Killoran, Great North Insurance and Brady Nash, BNG Holdings, Inc.
- Young Professionals Best Place to Work: Discovery Benefits, Inc. and Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.
The ChamberChoice Award finalists and winners were selected by a panel of independent judges from the regional business community, who evaluated accomplishments in the areas of business growth, innovation, creativity, community involvement and unique achievements relating to a specific business or industry.
Congrats to everyone, and thank you to everyone that helped make this event possible. It was another incredible time!
Click HERE to view our photo album from the event on Facebook.
Check out some of these Tweets from event attendees!
— MODE (@shopmodestore) May 20, 2016
— Erica Johnsrud (@RMHCErica) May 20, 2016
— Network Center, Inc. (@NetworkCenter) May 20, 2016
— Jessica Lee (@JessicaLeeND) May 20, 2016
— Katie Hashbarger (@FMWFKatieH) May 20, 2016
What was your favorite part of the event? Please share with us in the comments below or on social media using hashtag #ChamberChoice16
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