After several weeks of “tweaking”, the Chamber is set to hold their annual Small Business Awards of Excellence Luncheon on Tuesday, June 23, albeit with some adjustments from prior years.

“We had an excellent response from our membership who nominated businesses to apply for the awards,” the Chamber said in its weekly newsletter. “We ended up with 18 nominees vying for the 7 awards to be presented at the June 23 Luncheon and our sponsors stepped up to the plate to finance the program. Judging took place in April and Pat Seaver and Daniel Munson spent several days out in the community preparing the videos for all the nominated businesses.”

The difficult decision came in deciding how to celebrate the winners. Due to CDC and Gov. Bill Lee’s guidelines, gatherings of more that 50 people cannot be held and social distancing guidelines must be followed. Available venues were also limited as some of our gathering spaces are not yet open to the public.

After reviewing their options, the decision was made to hold the celebration for a limited guest list. By limiting attendees to nominees, sponsors and our Chamber Board Chairman, Chaplain, staff leadership and media, they should be able to stay within the under-50 guidelines and still include all directly involved in the process.”

“We are disappointed that our general membership will not be able to purchase tickets and that we had to limit the number of attendees from nominated businesses,” the newsletter said. “But we are still excited to be able to recognize all our nominees (see page 4), thank our sponsors and honor our winners during a small luncheon catered by Jersey Girl/ Little City Catering.”

Videos of all the nominees will be shown on the Chamber’s Facebook page during the month of June (following the luncheon) and July. Awards will be presented in the categories of Service, Hospitality & Leisure, Health Care, Fire-Insurance-Real Estate and Not-for-Profit, along with the Horizon Award and the Small Business of the Year. All winners will be announced in the July Morristimes and in the Citizen Tribune.

“We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of the membership as we adjust a number of our Chamber programs and events to adapt to the COVID-19 times,” they said.