The finalists were:
The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award celebrates the entrepreneur who has led the way for their business. The nominee will demonstrate true entrepreneurial spirit through the creation of a new business locally, despite the risks involved. The entrepreneur will be noted for the creativity of the new product or service being offered as well as the demonstration of sound business practices.
Manhattan Brewing Company; Adam Krebsbach, Garrett Paulman, and Jake Voegeli, Thera-Pie; Tiffany Oppelt,
Weddle and Sons; Eric, Allyn and Tim Weddle
The Tourism Development Award is presented to a business that has made a significant contribution to the tourism industry in the area. This business has created a new, innovative product, policy, service or event to promote and enhance tourism in the local community.
Midwest Dream Car Museum, Whoville, Wildwood Adventures
The Women/Minority Owned Business Award recognizes diverse business leaders and decision-makers across all industries who have a proven track record of excellence in advocating for others within their communities and workplaces throughout the local community.
G. Thomas Jewelers; Bobbi French, Loving Arms Enterprises Childcare and Preschool; LaFarris Risby,
Steve's Floral; Jan Miller
The Small Business of the Year Award honors a small business within the Manhattan community that exemplifies both business and civic leadership. Community involvement, management practices and overall financial performance are the primary criteria for this category.
Arthur Green, Borck Brothers, Prairiewood Preserve
The Cornerstone Award honors a business that exemplifies what being a “solid pillar of the community” is all about. It is given to a local business that has demonstrated growth in sales, employees and/or services since its origination. Additionally, it will be evident of active participation in the business community and their impact on the local community with association involvement as well as community volunteering.
We also inducted Bockers II Catering and WalMart into our Legacy Circle. Legacy Circle recognizes and celebrates Chamber members who have been with the Chamber for 50 years!
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