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‘Milestone’ moments on tap as Madison Chamber opens applications for Best in Business awards

MADISON – In celebration of the outstanding achievements and milestones of local businesses, the Madison Chamber of Commerce has opened applications for the 2024 Best in Business Awards.

The awards ceremony/banquet will be April 19 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp Operations Center from 5-7:30 p.m.

Categories are:

  • Start-Up Business of the Year
  • Best Non-Profit of the Year
  • Best Retail Small Business of the Year (under 100 employees)
  • Best Service Small Business of the Year (under 100 employees)
  • Best in Healthcare (doctor offices, dental offices, urgent care, etc.)
  • Best in Fitness & Wellness (fitness studios, spas, hair/nail salons, etc.)
  • Best Large Business of the Year (over 100 employees)
  • Best Minority-Owned Business of the Year
  • Best in Food, Beverage, & Hospitality (restaurants, cafes, hotels, etc.)
  • Best in Arts & Entertainment (event venues, arts programs, etc.)

Additionally, every participant will be automatically entered to win the Best Overall Award in the Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories.

New to this year’s lineup is the Milestone Moment Award, honoring businesses that have achieved significant milestones in the past year. This includes adding a new location, signing a major client, incorporating a new service, improving company culture, making a major commitment to the local community, launching a new product, adding a new non-profit initiative, and increasing productivity through creative tools.

“The Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Best in Business Awards showcase the excellence and innovation throughout our local business community,” said Chamber President Michelle Epling. “We encourage all eligible businesses to apply and be part of this celebration.”

This year, the Start-Up Business of the Year award will be presented in partnership with the Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship, which serves entrepreneurs and small business owners through coaching and educational programming.

“As the Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship continues to expand and serve small business owners and entrepreneurs across Alabama and the U.S., we are thrilled to maintain the legacy of celebrating the grit and passion of our community’s small business owners by continuing to collaborate with the Madison Chamber to highlight a Start-Up Business of the Year,” said Lisa Davis Mays, CEO of the Catalyst Center. “Our partnership shows our commitment to providing the highest level of training to our business community and community partners.”

In addition to recognizing accomplishments, the event offers valuable networking opportunities for businesses and leaders alike. Attendees can connect with like-minded professionals, fostering collaboration and community growth.

“The Best in Business Awards not only acknowledge outstanding achievement but also create a platform for businesses to connect, share experiences, and inspire one another towards further success,” said Chamber Board Chairman DeWayne Howell.

Applications close at 5 p.m. March 22. To apply, click here. Applicants must be a current members of the Madison Chamber to be eligible for an award.

Sponsorships for the program are available. For information, click here.

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