Recognition Reception 

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce will be seeking nominations for its 2023 Recognition Awards. The award winners are honored at the Chamber’s Recognition Reception in November 2023. Since 1988, the event has been the Chamber’s premier annual opportunity to recognize Allegany County’s most notable successes among its membership.


The Chamber’s awards are given annually at the Recognition Reception. The awardees are limited exclusively to Chamber members who are recognized by their peers as making exemplary contributions to the community by:

            1.          Contributing to the betterment of the region through community

                        service, leadership roles, and achievements that benefit the people

                        and the progress of our county.

            2.         Demonstrating an exemplary model in professional and personal practice.

Awardees provide a role model for other business professionals and community leaders; hold a greater vision for self and for company ethic that models progress; and raise the standard for professionals locally.

Criteria for the Business of the Year are based on the following:

For the business best demonstrating positive economic impact in our community while including significant contributions to the community’s growth and well-being. This business would demonstrate an exceptional level of representing their industry and the local business community as a whole. Benchmarks may be exemplary staying power, sales growth, employee growth, production expansion, significant improvement in financial position, etc.

Criteria for the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award are based on the following:      

For the individual, founder, or team who has demonstrated the best of community-wide benefits of the entrepreneurial spirit. Benchmarks may be a significant product, service or technology innovation, successfully taking a division in a totally new direction, starting a new product/service line, innovative ways to overcome significant challenges, etc.

Criteria for the Community Service Award are based on the following:

For the individual or organization best demonstrating Chamber members’ involvement in community service. Benchmarks may be demonstrations of regularly going above and beyond their core mission, in order to serve our broader community.              

New for 2023, the Chamber wishes to honor one of its nonprofit members.

Criteria for the Nonprofit of the Year Award are based on the following:

For the organization that has demonstrated community service, as indicated in their defined mission and vision. Benchmarks may include meeting or exceeding fundraising goals to exceed their intended investment in the community, or creating and successfully implementing a program or service that addresses a community need.


Any designated representativeof a Chamber member may nominate another Chamber member [self-nominations are acceptable].

The basic Nomination Package must include:

  • Single cover page listing:
    • Full name, title, business & home address, all contact phones/faxes/emails of Nominee
    • Award for which nomination is being made
    • One paragraph summaryof nominee’s business or organization, date of establishment, scope
    • Full name, title, business address, contact info of Nominator
  • Letter of Nomination (1 to 3 pages) which specifically details those outstanding actions and characteristics which elevate this person and/or organization above others. Nominators should keep in mind the large number of very active local businesses and individuals and highlight those attributes and performance that merit the award.
  • Signed Release giving the Chamber permission to, at the Chamber’s discretion, promote the nominee in media, publications, etc.

The Nomination Package may also include Appendix/Supplemental Information such as new articles, photographs, magazine articles, etc.

All complete Nomination Packages must be postmarked or received by the Chamber office by 4:00pm Friday, June 16, 2023. Incomplete packages or packages received after the deadline will not be considered.

The award winners will be chosen by a committee consisting of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce 1st Vice Chair, two Past Chairpersons, a selection from the general membership, and the honorees from the previous years’ awards.

All business award winners and (up to three) nonprofit finalists will be notified on or before Friday, July 28, 2023. The nonprofit award will be announced the evening of the reception.

Complete form online (click button below), or print.

The Chamber is proud to partner with the Western Maryland Jaycees to honor their Outstanding Young Professional each year.

For nomination guidelines and details, click below to download the form.

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