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Voting opens for local businesses of the year

FAIRMONT — Voting is open for the 2019 Businesses of the Year in Fairmont, and with five nominees in each category there’s some stiff competition.

Voting is open to all and can be completed on the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce website, www.fairmontchamber.org. Deadline to vote is 4 p.m. Feb. 21.

The voting link also includes a link to register for the Chamber’s annual banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Fairmont Holiday Inn when the winners will be announced. Reservations for the banquet also may be completed by calling the Chamber office at (507) 235-5547.

Nominees for large business, those with more than 15 employees, are: Fareway, Kahler Automation, Profinium, Sterling Drug, TPI of Fairmont (Holiday Inn, Green Mill, Super 8, Quality Inn, Perkins, Hampton Inn).

Nominees for small business, those with 15 employees or less are: Cutting Edge Fitness, Fairmont Roofing, Minuteman Press, Peterson-Anthony Insurance, Pierce Accounting.

Nominees for new business, open less than three years, are: Bomgaars, Edward D. Jones/Dan Hamlet, Minuteman Press, RE/MAX Total Realty, Supreme Lending/Jarod Mathiason.

Nominees for non-profit are: Fairmont Rotary, Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center, Martin County Kinship, Martin County Veterans Memorial, STEP Inc.

Ned Koppen, president of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, was impressed by the response to the request for nominations.

“We just had a ton of really good nominations, and that speaks volumes about the quality of our business community,” he said. “The response was so positive with such quality nominations that we have five candidates in each category.”

Previous years offered three or four nominees in each bracket.

“There is no obvious choice in any category. There is not a nominee that is unworthy. These are all well-run, quality businesses that give back to the community,” Koppen said.

Each candidate is distinctively different from the others, but Koppen noted they all were examples of the Fairmont First program promoting local shopping that was recently debuted by the Chamber.

“Part of that initiative is to make sure people consider all the choices that we have in our town first, and the nominees are a great testimonial to how many good quality businesses, owners, management we have in this town,” he said.

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