When April and Andy Bath were called up for a picture inside their business, Economy Drug, they didn’t realize they were being given an award. Executive Director of the White Pine Chamber of Commerce Wayne Cameron, along with Tamera Brown of the Nevada Small Business Council and Chamber board President Gayle Bartlett presented a framed certificate for the Bath’s recognizing all the things the business has done for the youth in the community.
“I felt honored and surprised,” April Bath said of the award presentation. “We love being part of the community and helping the youth in the county.”
The award was the first of a new program called the “Chamber of Commerce Star Performer,” which recognizes one local chamber member for the work they do pertaining to that month’s theme. September’s theme was helping youth in the community.
According to Brown, who came up with the “Star Performer” program will seek out nominations from the community looking for how local businesses do good in different monthly categories. The nominations, which are due on the Friday before each month’s chamber board meeting, will then be reviewed by the 17-person board and a winner will be chosen.
In addition to the winning chamber member being awarded with a certificate and being featured on that week’s chamber page, the person who nominated the winner will be awarded $25 worth of chamber bucks, which can be spent like cash at chamber member businesses.
“The goal of this program is to promote chamber businesses and recognize them for all the good they do,” Brown said.
Since the program is intended to add onto the list of benefits of being a chamber member, the nominations will be limited to members.
The theme for the “Star Performer” of October is a chamber member that supports senior citizens in the community. Brown said that the themes will be intentionally open ended so anyone who has had a positive experience falling into the category can submit a nomination.
Nominations should be written either by hand and dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce or sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations should provide a short description (limited to 150 words so it will fit on the chamber page) as to why the nominee should win.
Cameron said that he supports the new program because it is just another way to bring attention to chamber members while also getting more chamber bucks into the hands of locals.
Local businesses or private citizens that become members of the Chamber of Commerce also receive invitations to chamber dinners and receive top promotion, though Cameron said that the chamber still serves all businesses in the community.