2022 Celebration of Excellence

Thursday, November 17, 2022 (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM) (CST)

Description

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber's Celebration of Excellence presented by Widseth is the largest signature event of the year for our 1,000+ members to celebrate the accomplishments of the Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award recipient, Business Excellence Award recipient and Business Legacy Award recipient! We will also be recognizing the Leadership Experience 2022 graduates!


Award Applications & Nominations Now Being Accepted

We are now accepting applications and nominations for our Business Excellence AwardBusiness Legacy Award and the Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 31, 2022, by 5:00PM. All applicants will be reviewed by a committee in June. Winners will be presented their awards at our Celebration of Excellence.

Surround Yourself with the Dreamers, the Believers, the Planners and the Doers! 
What do the 3 award finalists have in common? They all had a dream that they believed in and made it come true! Celebrate their Sparkling Stories of Success with us!




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

Award Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award, businesses must have fewer than 20 employees, be a Chamber member in good standing, and be physically located in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Potential applicants are encouraged to verify eligibility with the Chamber before completing the award application. Ineligible entities generally include individual leaders or employees; charities and community organizations; schools and colleges; government units or agencies; religious organizations and associations. 

 Download the Nomination Form  OR  Complete the Nomination Form Online 

Past Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award Recipients:

  • Jack Pine Brewery (2018)
  • Brainerd General Rental (2019)
  • Close Converse (2021)




 
Every year the Brainerd Lakes Chamber recognizes an outstanding business for its entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishments. The Business Excellence Award shines the spotlight on one Brainerd Lakes Chamber member business that has exemplified the following attributes: Leadership, Innovation, Employee Investment, and Community Service. 

Award Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Business Excellence Award, businesses must be a Chamber member and be physically located in the Brainerd Lakes Area and have more than 25 employees. Potential applicants are encouraged to verify eligibility with the Chamber before completing the aware application. Ineligible entities generally include individual leaders or employees; charities and community organizations; schools and colleges; government units or agencies; religious organizations, and associations.

 Download the Nomination Form  OR  Complete the Nomination Form Online 

Past Business Excellence Award Recipients:

  • Widseth (2012)
  • Crosswoods (2013)
  • Grand View Lodge (2014)
  • Ultra Paws (2015)
  • Just for Kix (2016)
  • CTC (2017)
  • Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (2018)
  • 3 Cheers Hospitality (2019)
  • Lexington Manufacturing (2021)




The Brainerd Lakes Chamber will present its highest honor 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.

Award Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Business Excellence Award, the individual must be a current or retired Brainerd Lakes Area business leader whose lifetime contributions span a minimum of 30 years. They must be a current or past member of the Brainerd Lakes, Pequot Lakes, or Crosslake Chambers.

 Download the Nomination Form  OR  Complete the Nomination Form Online 

Past Business Legacy Award Recipients:

  • Stewart C. Mills Jr. (2016)
  • Arnie Johnson (2017)
  • Paul and Lynn Hunt (2018)
  • Dutch and Irma Cragun (2019)
  • Ron and Al Lindner (2021)




Blue Ox Business Academy Leadership Experience Class of 2022





Inducted into the Blue Ox Business Academy's Leadership Experience Hall of Fame will be the Class of 2022. The Leadership Experience is a ten month program (11 full days) that is designed for emerging leaders and high-potential employees to develop essential skills and insights into their leadership character. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber is proud to have 498 graduates from the Leadership program that originated in 1999. Several of our alumni have grown and developed into some of our area's most influential leaders! 

Join us in celebrating this year's Leadership Experience Class of 2022: 

Kate Adornetto, Central Lakes College; Nicole Anderson, Lexington Manufacturing; Sara Armstrong, Deerwood Bank; Amy Baratto, LINDAR Corporation; Jillian Barrett, Avantech; Kevin Bartolic, Hy-Tec Construction; Alex Bitter, Widseth; Leah Boedigheimer, Sourcewell; Stephanie Bowen, Brainerd Zip Line Tour; Rebecca Davis, Central Lakes College; Bruce Domino, Hunt Utilities Group; Donna Houchin, Brainerd Lakes Chamber; Anthony Giammona, Doherty Staffing Solutions; Steve Gilbert, CTC; Jon Goerges, Pequot Manufacturing; Joby Goerges, Magnum Research; Mary Elizabeth Gonzalez, Lakeland Veterinary Hospital; Brynn Haglin, Simplified Notions; Mitch Hecker, Nor-Son Construction; Lisa Heittola, CTC; Peggy Jensen, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union; Drey Loge, Waste Partners; Kaylene Madsen, Lakewood Health System; Laura Moser, Geek2Go; Nathan Noyes, Anderson Brothers Construction; Jackie Pachall, RiverWood Bank; Allison Potvin, CliftonLarsonAllen; James Roepke, RiverWood Bank; Rebecca Rowe, North Central SBDC; BJ Schaumburg, Pequot Manufacturing; Alyssa Shane, Crow Wing County; Adam Siemers, Widseth; Dave Thomes, Nor-Son; Mike Tollefson, Clow Stamping Company; Doug Tulenchik, Anderson Brothers Construction; and Mariah White, US Bank.



Table & Seating Options

TABLE ($TBD)

  • Prime seating for 8 at a reserved table up front
  • Plated dinners for 8
  • Funds help support our LakesPROUD regional movement

TABLE ($TBD)

  • Reserved table for 8
  • Plated dinners for 8

INDIVIDUAL SEATS ($TBD / Ticket) 

  • Reserved seating for 1
  • Plated dinner for 1

Add Pre-Set Bottle of Wine at your Table

  • Pinot Noir $TBD
  • Merlot $TBD
  • Pinot Grigio $TBD
  • Zinfandel $TBD
  • Cabernet $TBD
  • Chardonnay $TBD

Support the LakesPROUD Movement 
Help us keep it local! www.lakesproud.com 

  •  $50 LakesPROUD Donation
  • $100 LakesPROUD Donation



What to Wear
More information coming soon.



Sponsorship Opportunities

SOCIAL HOUR SPONSOR ($TBD)

Be the "Host with the Most"!

  • Signature drink named after your business
  • Stage recognition
  • Signage at both bars

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR ($TBD)

Add to the evening's celebration with music!

  • Personalize the evening with your music request
  • Stage recognition
  • Signage 

LIGHT SHOW SPONSOR ($TBD)
Ooh and Aaw the night away with an amazing light show!

  • Stage recognition
  • Signage



Event Schedule
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Social Hour
    • Cash Bar 
    • Professional Photos by 

6:15 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Celebration of Excellence - Sponsored by Widseth
  • Blue Ox Business Academy Leadership Graduation Retirement 
  • Recognition of volunteers, committees, and retiring board members
  • Plated Dinner
    • 3 Course Meal- 
  • Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award Presentation - Sponsored by Cub Foods
  • Business Excellence Award Presentation - Sponsored by Hy-Tec Construction
  • Business Legacy Award Presentation - Sponsored by RiverWood Bank



About the Awards

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber will present three awards at its ninth-annual Celebration of Excellence on November 17th - the traditional Business Excellence Award, which goes to an outstanding local business, the Business Legacy Award, which celebrates individual lifetime achievements as well as community and economic contributions and the Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award which will recognize a small business that personifies the spirit of entrepreneurship in the Brainerd Lakes Area!

For all three awards, a nomination/application process was announced in April 2022. After the deadline passed at the end of May, a ten-member volunteer selection committee independently scored and discussed each applicant before choosing the recipients.

Past recipient of the Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award:

  • Jack Pine Brewery (2018)
  • Brainerd General Rental (2019)
  • Close Converse (2021)

Past recipients of the Business Excellence Award include:

  • Widseth Smith Nolting (2012)
  • Crosswoods Golf (2013)
  • Grand View Lodge (2014)
  • Ultra Paws LLC (2015)
  • Just for Kix (2016)
  • CTC (2017)
  • Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (2018)
  • 3 Cheers Hospitality (2019)
  • Lexington Manufacturing (2021)

Past recipient of the Business Legacy Award:

  • Stewart C. Mills Jr. (2016)
  • Arnie Johnson (2017)
  • Paul and Lynn Hunt (2018)
  • Dutch and Irma Cragun (2019)
  • Ron and Al Lindner (2021)


Photo gallery from the 2021 Celebration of Excellence - 'All that Glitters!':



 
 
Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401 United States
Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
Sports Centre
11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

 
Event Contact
Sue Galligan
(218) 822-7119
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Thursday, November 17, 2022 (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM) (CST)
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