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HIGHLAND – The Highland Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for awards to be given at the annual membership dinner on June 20.

highlandchamberlogoThe honors are the Business Person of the Year Award, Bob Hardy Citizen of the Year Award, Bill Pierce Chamber Member of the Year Award and the Homer Poss Lifetime Achievement Award.

“There are many unsung heroes in our community whose achievements might go unnoticed,” said Chamber Executive Director Nancie Zobrist. “The Highland Chamber of Commerce believes that it is imperative that we recognize and thank those in our community who make Highland the best place to Live, Learn, Work, Shop and Play.”

The Business Person of the Year Award is presented to a local business person who has shown outstanding performance and success in his/her industry and a “beyond-the-call-of-duty” dedication to Highland. In addition to holding a leadership role in his/her company, the honoree has actively participated in service organizations, governing boards, and other civic committees, promoting growth and development for all Highland businesses.

The Bob Hardy Citizen of the Year Award is presented to someone who has supported and enhanced the image and civic progress of Highland. The person has contributed substantial personal time, financial support, and/or effort to the community and civic events, thereby leading to a higher standard of living in the Highland area.

The Bill Pierce Chamber Member of the Year Award is designed to honor a Highland Chamber of Commerce member who has exhibited extraordinary service to the organization, and who has made use of his/her business skills for betterment of the entire community. This person has held chamber leadership positions; being a board member, project chairperson or active volunteer and has shown initiative and creativity in pursuing the goals of his/her business or profession.

The Homer Poss Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant positive impact on the Highland community through his or her past achievements over a long period of time. The award is not necessarily presented each year.

“We’d love for the public to help the chamber recognize and honor these awesome citizens who help make Highland the best place to be,” said Zobrist.

Nomination forms for each award can be found on the Highland Chamber of Commerce website, www.highlandillinois.com/awards. Each nomination needs to include a detailed description of why you believe the person you are nominating deserves the award. The Chamber Awards Committee uses a detailed description when considering each nominee. Nominations can be submitted online or mailed to the Chamber Office at 907 Main St., Highland, IL 62249 and will be accepted through 5 p.m. May 5.

 - From the Illinois Business Journal