Grinnell Chamber

Annual Business Awards Nomination Form

Complete this form for each award nomination you wish to submit. Self-nominations are accepted. Businesses and organizations must be a Chamber member in good standing to be eligible for awards. Current members are listed in the Business & Organization Directory at Individuals do not need to be affiliated with a Chamber member. Those who have received the award in the prior two years are not eligible for that award category in 2020, but they may be nominated for other appropriate categories (previous winners are noted in the award descriptions).


DEADLINE: All nominations must be submitted to the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce by 5pm on February 28, 2020.

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Business of the Year

This business has demonstrated growth in its employment, production, and/or operations and has a substantial history of success. It has a positive social and/or economic impact on the Grinnell area. The recipient must have shown outstanding growth, significant achievements in innovation, and superior community involvement through the commitment of time and resources.

2019: Pagliai's

2018: Grinnell State Bank  


Restaurant/Retailer of the Year

This restaurant, bar or retail business demonstrates exemplary customer service and excellence in its industry. It has a history of success and contributes to the community through the commitment of time and other resources.

2019: Solera

2018: Anna Kayte's Boutique


Service Business of the Year

This service business, manufacturer or distributor demonstrates excellence in its industry by creating innovative programs and initiatives, which allow it to excel in customer service and support. It has a history of success and contributes to the community through the commitment of time and other resources.

2019: Smith Funeral Home

2018: Renfrow Senior Care     


Economic Impact Award

This business, organization, or individual has made a significant contribution to the economic vitality of the Grinnell area. The recipient has enhanced the community through job growth, expanding the tax base, building or renovating a structure, or by participating in other endeavors that benefit that community and its residents.

2019: No Award Given

2018: Hotel Grinnell


Community Betterment Award

This business, organization, or individual has contributed time, skills and resources to enhance the quality of life of the Grinnell community.

2019: Stew Art Studios

2018: Central Park


Entrepreneur of the Year

This individual demonstrates a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance, creativity, and determination. They must own a business or be a principal employee within a business.

2019: Kevin McAlexander

2018: Joey & Haylee Pagliai   


Volunteer of the Year

A business, organization, or individual that has devoted significant time and efforts to community service initiatives and Chamber-sponsored functions that positively impact the Grinnell area.

2019: Central Park Holiday Committee

2018: Paragon Church


One To Watch

This award recognizes individuals who have started businesses, expanded operations or done exemplary work as part of an organization. These individuals strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, and serve as role models for others in the business community. They must live and/or work in the Grinnell area.


20 Under 40

This award recognizes twenty emerging leaders age 40 or younger. These individuals are recognized for their commitment to community, professional accomplishments and volunteerism. They serve as role models for other young professionals both personally and professionally. They must live and/or work in the Grinnell area.

Special thanks to this year's partners!


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