Every year, the Carthage community celebrates its citizens and their year-round hard work.
The Carthage Chamber of Commerce has announced the deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 for the following awards: the Spotlight Award, the Small Business of the Year Award; the Golden Key awards; and the Citizen of the Year award.
Nomination forms are available by contacting the Chamber office. For more information about the Carthage Chamber, upcoming Chamber events, or nominations for the awards, contact the office at 358-2373.
The Spotlight Award
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 has enhanced the business community in Carthage in 2012 through improvements or expansions to their business location.
Past recipients are ineligible for nomination and include: State Farm Insurance – Jerry Poston, All Occasions Florist & Bakery, Mariposa Farms, All Things Grand, Schreiber Foods, H.E. Williams, McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage R-9 Schools, Carthage Crisis Center and Carthage Water and Electric Plant.
Small Business of the Year Award
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 in January 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.
Past recipients are ineligible for nomination and include: Main Street Mercantile, Oak Street Health & Herbs, ServPro of Carthage/Joplin, Central Pet Care, Cloud’s Meat Processing, Grundy’s Body & Frame Shop, Steward’s Frame Shop, Block-By-Block Quilt Shop, Smith Midwest Realty, Florette By Countryside and Dr. Fly’s Salon.
Golden Key Awards
The Chamber of Commerce will recognize four outstanding Carthage teachers with Golden Key Awards at their Annual Banquet in January. These awards applaud educators who have made significant contributions to their profession. The community is invited to nominate teachers, administrators, and other staff for these awards.
Page 2 of 2 - Awards are given in four categories: Early Childhood – Third grade (EC-3); Fourth – Sixth grades (4-6); Seventh – Eighth grades (7-8) and Ninth – Twelfth grades (9-12).
The most important consideration for selection of Golden Key Award winners is the nominee’s ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to reach their full potential through the educational process.
Nominees must be a certified teacher, administrator, or other certified staff and instruct at any grade level on a daily basis. Nominees must be teaching or administering during the current school year in a public or private school within the Carthage community. Past recipients are ineligible for nomination.
Citizen of the Year Award
One Carthage resident will be named Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet in January. 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.
Past recipients are ineligible for nomination and include: Herbert Casteel, Sam Butcher, Bill Putnam, Jr., Carolyn Phelps, Harry Cornell Jr., Eleanor Coffield, Neel Baucom, Charlie Cook, Terry McDonald, Danny Hensley, John “Pat” Phelps, Ruth Kolpin-Rubison, Kenneth Johnson, Laurel Rosenthal, Ed Grundy Sr. and Marge Rogler.