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Business Excellence Award to highlight area businesses

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber wants to recognize area businesses for their entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishments. The Business Excellence Award, now in its third year, shines the spotlight on up to three area businesses that have displayed an innate ability to connect, lead and grow in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Nominations will be judged on growth, excellence, innovation, taking risks and community impact. For more information on judging criteria, check out the award nomination form at

Interested persons may fill out a nomination form by Aug. 1. Finalists will be contacted in mid-August, and the Business Excellence Award winner will be named at the chamber's annual dinner on Oct. 20 at Breezy Point Resort.

The winner will receive a sculpture by award-winning sculptor Jeff Kreitz, as well as additional media coverage after the announcement. Finalists will be announced in the Brainerd Dispatch.

If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, contact Aeli Wiebolt at (218) 822-7119.