Community Banquet

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As the annual kick-off event to Santa Fe Trail Days, this special event is held to recognize the inspiring individuals, businesses, and organizations of our community. During the banquet, awards will be given to those featured as this year's: Large Business, Small Business, Organization/Non-profit, Volunteer, Emerging Leader, and Empowering Leader.Below, you will find the list of the awards given out annually along with a short description of each. 

This is a great time to get together as a community and recognized all the work that each and every one of our businesses, organizations, and community members do on a daily basis to enhance our community and to make it a better place to live, work, and play. 

Before the awards are handed out, our Chamber Members are given the opportunity to nominate a(n) individual/business/organization for each award. These nominations are then compiled. Chamber Members then will be given the opportunity to vote for one individual/business/organization out of the top nominations with winners to be revealed at the Annual Banquet. 

Awards

Large Business of the Year
Chamber Business with more than 20 employees. May possess these qualities: excellent customer services, philanthropic, community-minded, workforce development.

Small Business of the Year
Chamber Business with less than 20 employees. May possess these qualities: excellent customer services, philanthropic, community-minded, workforce development.

Non-Profit Organization/Civic Group of the Year
Chamber Organization (i.e. civic group, church, non-profit) that assists individuals through various programs or outreach–very community-oriented.

Volunteer of the Year
Individual within or outside of the Chamber (Ambassadors, Board of Directors) whom goes above and beyond to assist in various events, committees, or programs. This individual does not necessarily have to be a leader or brainstormer, but rather a “do-er.”

Emerging Leader
Passionate individual within or outside of the Chamber (Ambassadors, Board of Directors) who leads a movement or union of people. This movement may be a kind of lifestyle, a business environment, a steering committee, or just a group of individuals. (39 years of age and below). 

Empowering Leader
Passionate individual within or outside of the Chamber (Ambassadors, Board of Directors) who leads (and empowers) a movement or union of people. This movement may be a kind of lifestyle, a business environment, a steering committee, or just a group of individuals. (40 years of age and above).

*Chamber Members with multiple memberships, have the ability to vote more than once or count their ballot X amount of times.