Saturday, December 4, 2021

“Chamber Champion” Spotlights Local Businesses

FILE PHOTONancy Carrington

FILE PHOTONancy Carrington

By Steve Gimmestad

Owning a business is a tough endeavor. Whether it is a small operation or larger company, it becomes a lifestyle rather than a job. A new program, initiated by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Business Alliance Committee (BAC), wants to put a spotlight on those who go above and beyond.

“Running a successful business isn’t just about making money,” says Nancy Carrington, Chairperson of the BAC. “It’s about being part of the community.” Nancy is owner of Marco Island Florist & Gifts and has been doing business in the community for over 27 years.

The program helps to recognize how all facets of business come together to create a business that both thrives, and makes an impact on the people and area in which they operate.

Says Nancy: “There are many companies that donate products, money and/or services to a cause of their choice. They also encourage their employees to volunteer, be involved in clubs and organizations and support them in doing so. It’s these businesses we want to spotlight and recognize them as being such an important part of the community. It’s about being involved for the good of others and it really creates a healthy environment in which we all live. The committee really wanted, in a special way, to show the great enthusiasm and support the businesses have in our community.”

Anyone can nominate a Chamber member business



for this recognition. The form can be found on the Chamber of Commerce website: It’s simple, all you have to do is identify the business you want to nominate, and in 100 words or less, say why you think they are a Champion.

The second Thursday of each month, the BAC meets and selects a business from the nominations received. Businesses selected will be highlighted in the local press and receive special recognition from the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Alliance Committee. A different business will be selected each month from all submissions received.

“We have so many businesses that participate in the community on many levels,” says Katie O’Hara, Director of Sales/Marketing for the Chamber. “We wanted a way to spotlight those businesses, not just for their commercial success, but for their involvement in the community as well. It’s a way for us to say thank you!” Katie is also part of the eight member team that makes up the BAC.

With over 500 members, there is no lack of nominee potential. Get involved and nominate a business today. Your voice does matter and will go a long way in recognizing those that make this community a great place to live and work.

For more information, contact Katie O’Hara at the Chamber, 239-394-7549, or Nancy Carrington at Marco Island Florist, 239-394-8141.




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