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Nominate for Corpus Christi Best in the Biz Awards

Time to nominate for the 2019 Best in the Biz Awards, an annual program by the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. Nominations are being taken until 5 p.m. Monday, December 2, for 10 different awards. Courtesy photo

Best in the Biz nominations are now open through 5 p.m. Monday, December 2, announced United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual event. Nomination forms for the following awards can be found by clicking the name of each category:


HENRY BALDWIN AWARD

Named after the chamber’s first chairman, the Henry Baldwin Award is given to an individual or organization for outstanding service to the community. Past recipients include Robert Adler, Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal, and Charles W. Zahn Jr.


DORA CERVERA MIRABAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP AWARD

Mirabal was a local businesswoman, poet, author, journalist, and civic leader. She was a trailblazer who promoted her community and entrepreneurship, especially in minority- and female- owned small businesses. The recipient of this award will exemplify those leadership qualities and advocacy. Past recipients include Paulette Guajardo, Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, and Linda Benavides.


BIG BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

To win the Big Business of the Year Award, the company must be a significant corporate citizen, a friend of the chamber, and a partner to many community organizations. It must also be a current chamber member for at least a year, in operation for at least three years, and a for-profit business with 50 or more employees. Past recipients are IBC Bank, AEP Texas, H-E-B, and Radiology Associates.


SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Small business nominees must be current chamber members for at least a year, in business for at least three years, and a for-profit business with fewer than 50 employees. The award will go to the business that has shown significant leadership in the community, is a friend of the chamber, and is a partner in community organizations. Past recipients are Braselton Homes, ICA Radio, and Hurricane Alley Waterpark.


NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Awarded to a new business that has shown promise of becoming a significant corporate citizen, a friend of the chamber, and a partner of community organizations. Must be a current chamber member in operation for less than three years and a for-profit business. Past recipients are Oh My Goodness Boutique, Reliant Emergency Room, and C.C. Staple Management.


NONPROFIT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Given to a not-for-profit organization that is a significant corporate citizen, a friend to the chamber, and a partner of community organizations. Must be a current chamber member for at least one year, in operation for at least three years, and a nonprofit. Past recipients include Driscoll Children’s Hospital, United Way of the Coastal Bend, and Texas State Aquarium.


MILITARY VETERAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD

Given to a former service member who has made the transition from the military to the business world. His or her business must be a current chamber member, in operation for at least a year, and be a for-profit. Past award recipients include Le Roy Torres, Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization, Garry Bradford, Unique Employment Services, and Rita's Ice Custard.


SPIRIT OF THE CHAMBER FOUNDATION

The chamber foundation mission is to develop and empower leaders and entrepreneurs to make a positive impact on Corpus Christi. This award will be given to an individual or organization for outstanding support of the chamber foundation’s programs and initiatives. Programs include Leadership Corpus Conquer the Coast, Mi Casa Es Su Casa, Lemonade Day Coastal Bend, and the Mano a Mano Scholarship Program. Past recipient is Bay Area Title Services.


LEADERSHIP CORPUS CHRISTI SERVANT LEADER AWARD

Given to a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi who embodies what it means to be a servant leader. Must demonstrate the characteristics of empathy, listening, stewardship, and commitment to personal growth toward others. Past award recipients include Ben Molina, Adam D. Farrell, and Mary Z. Afuso.

MANO A MANO LEGACY AWARD

This award promotes the growth of the local workforce and aids Coastal Bend students in obtaining their college degree. Previously known as the Spirit of Mano a Mano Award, it is given to a recipient of the Mano a Mano Scholarship who has demonstrated their commitment to the Coastal Bend workforce and community. Nominee must be a recipient of the scholarship and currently employed or attending school in the Coastal Bend. Past award recipients include Larry Medrano, Brent Wooten, and Lauren Martinez.

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