2024 Celebration of Excellence: now accepting award applications & nominations!

Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce


Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award, Business Excellence Award, and Business Legacy Award

We are now accepting applications and nominations for our Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award (sponsored by Cub Foods), Business Excellence Award (sponsored by Hy-Tec Construction), and Business Legacy Award (sponsored by RiverWood Bank)! Deadline for submissions is 5PM, May 24, 2024. All applicants will be reviewed by a committee in June. Winners will be presented with their awards at our Celebration of Excellence, presented by CliftonLarsonAllen, on November 21, 2024, at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake (save the date!).

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce will recognize a small business that personifies the spirit of entrepreneurship, pride and success that forms the backbone of our local economy. Our Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award will honor a Brainerd Lakes Chamber business that employs up to 20 team members. The recipient will possess the following attributes: Leadership, Innovation, Employee Investment and Community Service.

Every year the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce recognizes an outstanding business for its entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishments. The Business Excellence Award shines the spotlight on one Brainerd Lakes Chamber member who has displayed our values in the following ways: Leadership, Innovation, Employee Investment, and Community Service. 

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce will present the Business Legacy Award to an individual who has achieved exceptional business success in his or her lifetime. We seek to recognize inspiring leadership that transcends business and leaves a legacy of community and economic vitality for generations to come. The Business Legacy Award will be presented to an extraordinary individual who embodies these criteria: Leadership, Innovation, Employee Investment and Community Service. 

Save the Date: 2024 Celebration of Excellence

Thursday, November 21, 2024 | Cragun's Resort

SAVE THE DATE for the 2024 Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, November 21, at Cragun’s Resort. Presented by CliftonLarsonAllen, this is our largest event of the year for our 1,100+ members! Join us in celebration as we honor our business award winners and their outstanding accomplishments. We will also recognize our Leadership Class of 2024.

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