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Madison Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for “2024 Best in Business Awards.” CONTRIBUTED

Apply now for chamber’s ‘2024 Best in Business Awards’

MADISON – Madison Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for “2024 Best in Business Awards.”

The new Space Camp Operations Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center will serve as event venue on April 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. The awards ceremony will include a traditional dinner.

The awards “showcase excellence and innovation throughout our local business community. We encourage all eligible businesses to apply and be part of this celebration,” Chamber President Michelle Epling said.

“In addition to recognizing accomplishments, the event offers invaluable networking opportunities for businesses and leaders alike,” Epling said. “Attendees can connect with like-minded professionals, fostering collaboration and community growth.”

The Best in Business Awards cover several categories:

* Start-Up Business of the Year – Recognizes a successful enterprise. Licensed business for one to three years.

* Best Non-Profit of the Year – Shows constant commitment for social change. 501(c) or other tax-exempt organization.

* Best Retail Small Business of the Year (under 100 employees) – Acknowledges dedication and innovation.

* Best Service Small Business of the Year (under 100 employees) – Credits high standards of professionalism and reliability.

* Best in Healthcare (doctor offices, dental offices, urgent care, etc.) — Works to deliver exceptional patient satisfaction.

* Best in Fitness & Wellness (fitness studios, spas, hair/nail salons, etc.) – Reserved for outstanding service in improving health.

* Best Large Business of the Year (over 100 employees) – Distinguishes a high-caliber, for-profit company.

* Best Minority-Owned Business of the Year – Recognizes a company with high standards.

* Best in Arts & Entertainment

* Best in Food, Beverage & Hospitality

Additionally, participants will be eligible for the Best Overall Award in Gold, Silver and Bronze categories.

This year, the Start-Up Business of the Year Award will be presented in partnership with the Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship, an organization that serves entrepreneurs and small-business owners with coaching and educational programming.

“As The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship continues to expand and serve small-business owners and entrepreneurs across Alabama and the U.S., we’re thrilled to maintain the legacy of celebrating the grit and passion of our community’s small-business owners by continuing to collaborate with the Madison chamber to highlight a Start-Up Business of the Year,” Catalyst Center CEO Lisa Davis said. “Our partnership shows our commitment to providing the highest level of training to our business community and community partners.”

New this year, the Milestone Moment Award honors businesses that have achieved significant milestones in the past year, including a new location, major client, service, company-culture enhancement, community commitment, product, non-profit initiative and productivity.

“The Best in Business Awards not only acknowledge outstanding achievement but also create a platform for businesses to connect, share experiences and inspire one another towards further success,” Chamber Board Chairman DeWayne Howell said.

Application deadline is March 22 at 5 p.m. To apply, visit madisonalchamber.com and click the “BUSINESS” dropdown menu. Click “2024 BEST IN BUSINESS AWARDS APPLICATION.”

Sponsorship opportunities range from $100 to $4,000. For more information, visit madisonalchamber.com/sponsorship-opportunities.

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