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The proverbial win/win of legitimate business awards – time to nominate

Posted by: Bernard Dagenais on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 2:00:00 pm

The Main Line Chamber of Commerce received a marketing leadership award from the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association this week. It was a nice honor, perhaps most noteworthy for the fact that we won it simply for promoting GVF as a member organization and partner when it comes to influencing sensible transportation management policies. In other words, we won the award just for doing what we always do for our members and the honor is one that I attribute entirely to our capable and hardworking team.

But as an organization that exists to serve our members, we would rather be giving awards. Recently, we opened nomination season for all three of our annual awards programs. They are the Celebration of Business Leadership, the Main Line Gives Back Awards and the Helena Devereux Women in Leadership Award.  We invite your nominations.

Each award has its own purpose and is provided in a thoughtful way. The Celebration of Business Leadership’s Business of the Year Awards are about achieving tangible results, requiring visionary leadership, solid internal operations, strong finances and relevant services and products that are well delivered. Even when we provide individual awards for roles such as CEO of the Year, they reflect the work of effective teams that make success happen. These awards, which include Business of the Year in different size categories and Nonprofit of the Year, will be given out on June 22.  

The Chamber and its Society of Professional Women(SPW), in partnership with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, will present the ninth annual Helena Devereux Women in Leadership Award, which recognizes and honors exceptional female executives in the region. This award aligns nicely with the goals of SPW, which include advocating for more women in leadership positions including boards of directors. It will be presented at the Gold Leaf Luncheon on Sept. 28.

The Main Line Gives Back Awards were created eight years ago to honor companies’ efforts to enhance the community, through support for nonprofits and other community-focused endeavors. Companies are encouraged to nominate themselves based on cash donations, volunteer efforts by employees and in-kind donations. These will be awarded at the Summit on Business Leadership and Corporate Volunteerism, which will be held on a date that has not yet been set in December.  Putting these nomination opportunities in front of companies you value is a great relationship building opportunity. Highlighting and celebrating success has always been an important part of a chamber of commerce’s mission. This is perhaps more important during a time when so many individuals fail to recognize the positive impact that businesses have on their communities.


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