Each year, the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes individuals and organizations who make a difference in Mason County, both in business and in the greater community.

The chamber opened nominations for its annual awards to be distributed at the chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner on May 2 at Lincoln Hills Golf Club.

Award categories are: Mason County Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Community Service and Future Five. Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m., Monday, March 9.

“We are excited to again honor those in our community who are dedicated to their workplaces and to the county as a whole,” stated Brandy Miller, president of the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, in a press release. “This is our way of celebrating businesses and individuals, who are experiencing success and making Mason County an exceptional place to live.”

Reservations for the annual awards dinner can be made by calling the chamber office at 231-845-0324.

Business of the Year Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a business that employs more than 20 that has made an impact on our community through their business expertise and community service. The business must be located in Mason County and be a member of the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce. All members are listed on the Chamber website at www.ludington.org.

The Business of the Year award will be judged on the business’ ability to demonstrate excellence in business practices through sales, quality of service, customer service, leadership and/or community involvement. Nominations must include a written summary of why this business deserves the award.

Small Business of the Year Award

This award will recognize a small business of which there are 20 or fewer employees that provides a quality product or service and conducts business with professionalism and integrity. The business must be located in Mason County and be a member of the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Small Business of the Year award will be judged on the business’ ability to demonstrate excellence in business practices through sales, quality of service, customer service, leadership and/or community involvement. Nominations must include a written summary of why this business deserves the award.

Community Service Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual or group for their accomplishments in offering service to the community on a volunteer basis. Nominations must include a written summary of what volunteer efforts were made by the individual or group, and why they should be considered for the award.

Future Five Award

The Future Five Award honors five area young professionals who are growing and excelling in their respective fields. These individuals are currently influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Mason County and demonstrate the ability to positively impact the area in the future through professional accomplishments and community involvement.

The Future Five award is open to anyone living or working in Mason County. Nominees must be age 21-40 on or before Dec. 31, 2019. Nominees must agree to be profiled in news features reviewing the award and will be asked to complete a biographical survey upon nomination.

Nomination forms are available online at ludington.org/networking/annual-awards-dinner/ and can be submitted via email to Brandy Miller at brandyh@ludington.org.