Small Business of the Year
The Small Business of the Year Award is given to recognize and honor businesses who have demonstrated exemplary Best Practices. Additionally,the business needs to meet the following criteria: a for-profit business headquartered in Monroe County; the applicant must be the owner, partner or major shareholder of the business, and active in its day-to-day operations; the business must be financially stable and operational for a minimum of three years; businesses of Chamber Board of Directors will not be eligible for consideration; and businesses must have been a member of the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce for at least 3-years.
2012 Winner - Caldwell Veterinary Clinic
2011 Winner - Jonah's on Johnston
Golden Nail Award
The Golden Nail Award is given to recognize and honor those businesses or organizations whose efforts in design, restoration, renovation and beautification enhance and improve the community in general and the commercial areas in particular. In addition, they are given to raise public awareness, foster sensitivity, and increase activity among area businesses and organizations relative to the physical appearance of our community's commercial districts.
2011 Winners - Monroe County HospitalForsyth United Methodist Church
Bill Bazemore Volunteer of the Year
The Bill Bazemore Volunteer of the Year Award is given to who exemplifies good citizenship through volunteer work at the Chamber and in the community. The individual must also meet the following criteria:a member good standing;an individual whose volunteer activities benefit the community in a substantial, important or unique way; and the individual's volunteer activity must have occurred during the award year.
2012 Winner - Telsa Stokes of Speedway Pavement
2011 Winner - Robby Whitehead of Specialty Power Windows
Citizen of the Year
The Citizen of the Year Award is given to recognize a Monroe County Citizen who exemplifies good citizenship through civic activities, business involvement, a contribution to the community, and general leadership. The individual must be a Monroe County resident. Additionally, the individual must meet all of the objectives including, but not limited to: Leadership should be recognized and service involvement performed during the nomination calendar year, but may be a result of cumulative activities; and nominations shall not be precluded from consideration based on their political affiliation, activity, candidacy or incumbency, providing that candidates are not selected during the sixty days preceding a general election.
2012 Winner - Movine Futch of The Pregnancy Center
2011 Winner - Bob Harris of Haygood, Lynch, Harris, Melton, & Watson, LLP
Customer Service Award
This award recognizes a front-line employee in the hospitality industry who exceeds normal expectations and requirements to provide excellent service to Forsyth and Monroe County visitors and residents. These individual employees represent their employers and Monroe County as ambassadors of outstanding service.2011 Winner - Leslie Waters of Grits Cafe