Local business are crucial contributors to local charities and organizations, and the Newtown Chamber of Commerce and honor these partnerships each year with their Business of the Year awards. They are calling for nominations of any business that strongly supports local causes in this ninth year of the awards. Anyone can nominate: residents, the organizations that receive the support, or the business owners themselves. Awards are given to one small (less than 15 employees) and one large (more than 15) business.
“A well-run business would be able to support local charities and organizations,” said Chamber President Tim Haas. “Businesses are the significant fuel for those local charities.”
The panel of judges, two Chamber members and two Rotary members, will choose the winners based on “the amount of financial and in-kind contributions and any kind of work effort that they might do for fund-raising for a local charity,” Haas said. While the charities should be based in Newtown, “they could have some national flair, for instance, Relay for Life,” he said.
To nominate a business, use the form on the Chamber web site. Every person who sends in a nomination form will be entered in a raffle to win a bottle of wine. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 16.
In addition to bestowing the title on the winners, the Rotary Club and Chamber will each donate $100 to the winner’s charity or organization of choice. Last year’s winners were Newtown Savings Bank and Associated Refuse. The new winners will be announced at the Business of the Year Awards dinner on Monday, March 26, at 6:30 pm at the Inn at Newtown.