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Nominations for 'Outstanding' awards being accepted

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The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will present their outstanding awards during the Annual Meeting & Outstanding Awards Banquet on Jan. 27, 2011.

Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2011.

Please take the time to nominate your fellow business leaders for these prestigious awards. It only takes a few minutes of your time to thank someone that has made an impact on your career and or personal life.

OUTSTANDING CITIZEN

This award was established in 1965 to recognize a citizen of Marion County who has voluntarily and unselfishly served the community.

OUTSTANDING CHAMBER MEMBER

The Outstanding Chamber Member of the year award was created in 1982 to recognize people who have sacrificed both personal and business time for the betterment of their community in their work with the chamber.

OUTSTANDING FARMER

This award is presented to a recipient who owns, operates, or is active in the management of a Marion County farm with main income generated from farming.

OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR

In recognition of the importance of education in our community and the desire to publicly recognize educators employed within Marion County who have contributed in an outstanding manner to the education of Marion County students, the chamber established this award in 1988. The nominee may be a teacher, administrator or staff person employed in the Marion County public or private school system.

OUTSTANDING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL

Originally created in 1988 as the Outstanding Emergency Services Personnel award, this year the chamber wanted to include all healthcare professionals that serve Marion County, in addition to those that work in the emergency services arena. The recipient of the award should be someone who has not only performed well in his or her role as a healthcare professional in Marion County, but also someone who has made an example of him/herself due to his/her role in the community. The person nominated for this award should set a higher standard for patient care, be innovative and demonstrate the type of leadership and advocacy that is necessary top meet the community's health needs. This person should also serve as a role model for other healthcare professionals in the community.

OUTSTANDING BUSINESSPERSON

This award is presented to a recipient who owns, operates or is active in the management of a Marion County business and whose business and personal conduct is a credit to themselves, their company, their employees and their community.  The candidate can come from any facet of business activity, must have been in business for a minimum of three years, and must currently be active in community affairs.

OUTSTANDING INDUSTRY MANAGER

This award is given to a manager of a local industry.  The recipient will have made a significant contribution to the community and to their company in such areas as green initiatives, fair business practices, community involvement and employment growth.  The nominee may be any leader who has supervision responsibility in a local manufacturing company.