The Knox County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for a total of six awards.
As usual, the Chamber will give awards for Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Business Woman of the year. New this year, however, are the Public Servant of the Year, Educator of the year and C. James McCormick Community Leader of the Year Awards.
Nomination forms can be picked up at the Chamber office, located at 316 Main Street. Nominations can be returned to the chamber office, mailed to PO Box 553 in Vincennes or sent in via e-mail to info at knox county chamber dot com. All award nominations mus be submitted by March 26th, and separate forms are required for each individual nomination.
Below is a full description of each award, per the Chamber:
Large Business of the Year: Awarded annually to a Knox County Chamber of Commerce business member with 25 or more employees. This business sets a shining example within its field of expertise and provides continuous contribution to Knox County.
Small Business of the Year: Awarded annually to a Knox County Chamber of Commerce business member with fewer than 25 employees. This business sets a shining example within its field of expertise and provides continuous contribution to Knox County.
Business Woman of the Year: This individual has made significant contributions to the success of their business or profession. They have volunteered time and energy to improve the community in which they live. This woman exhibits distinction, inspiration, and inventiveness in their business or profession and inspired others to become outstanding in their field.
C. James McCormick Community Leader of the Year: C. James McCormick was an incredible role model for our community. He was involved in many organizations at the local, state, and national level. He firmly believed in the concept of “paying it forward” which led to his support of many charities and worthwhile causes. He served as First Vice Chair of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and involved in several other civic organizations. He also received many awards in his lifetime including the Sagamore of the Wabash from four different Indiana Governors and the Vincennes University Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation.
The C. James McCormick Community Leader of the Year Award will be awarded to an individual who has made a significant impact on Knox County and enhanced the quality of life for area residents. This person would be an “unsung hero” who has constantly worked to make Knox County better but isn’t always on the front page. This person has contributed substantial personal time, financial support, and/or effort to the community and civic events, thereby leading to a higher standard of living in Knox County.
The McCormick Family Foundation will donate $2,500 in the recipient’s name to their Knox County charity of choice.
Educator of the Year: This award is presented to a teacher or administrator working in a Knox County K – 12 public or private school system. Consideration will be given to nominee’s years of service as an educator; special accomplishments in the profession, innovative teaching practices, endearment to students and other educators, awards and other recognitions, and other demonstrations of dedication to the education profession. Community service and other activities outside of the profession will also be considered.
Public Servant of the Year: This award recognizes those who protect the wellness of the community by going beyond what is expected of them. This person may be referred to as a hero that has demonstrated a heroic act which had an impact on this community or an individual. They may be considered a hero in their line of work as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, EMT or any other professional that works for the immediate well-being of the citizens of this community.