Carthage Chamber seeking nominations for annual awards


CARTHAGE, Mo. — It’s time to nominate deserving businesses and community members for the Annual Chamber Awards. Our celebration will look quite a bit different this year as we continue to avoid large, indoor gatherings and respect social distancing recommendations. BUT, it is no less important to still celebrate the very best of Carthage so this year we will do so with a video presentation.

One Carthage resident will be named Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Awards.  The Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you. Submit your nominee for consideration. The Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to an individual who has had a tremendous impact on the Carthage community.  Persons nominated for this award must:

  • Be a current Carthage resident
  • Actively volunteer with various organizations or events
  • Show pride in Carthage
  • Be highly regarded in the community
  • Contribute to the overall well-being of Carthage
  • Be dedicated to improving the lives of others in Carthage

All business owners want their facilities to be efficient, attractive, and beneficial to their business’s bottom line, but some business owners invest extra time and effort into their facilities.  A very few businesses devote an extraordinary amount of energy and resources.  The Chamber of Commerce will recognize one such extraordinary business in January with their annual Spotlight Award. Residents are encouraged to nominate businesses for this award. The Spotlight Award will be presented to a local business that enhanced the business community in Carthage in 2021 through improvements or expansions to their business location.

Small businesses make up a huge part of every community’s economy.  The same is true for Carthage, and the Chamber of Commerce will thank one exceptional small business when they present the Small Business of the Year Award.  Nominations are currently being accepted for this award. Customers, employees and community members are encouraged to nominate businesses for this award. The Small Business of the Year Award will be presented to a local business that has presented a positive image and has been a vibrant entity within the Carthage business community. Recipient must be a Chamber member in good standing and have fewer than 50 employees.


The Athena Leadership Award is presented to one individual (man or woman) each year in recognition of those who support, develop, and honor women leaders and assist women in reaching their full leadership potential.

Past recipients are ineligible for nominations. For a full list of all past recipients, please visit the Chamber at 402 S. Garrison. Contact the Chamber office for a nomination form.  Nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 10, 2021 to be considered. For further information about the Carthage Chamber or upcoming Chamber events, contact the Chamber office at 358-2373.

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