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Chamber to award top businesses T

he Austin Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Winter Banquet and Awards Program will be held Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn and Austin Conference Center. The event focuses on member recognition, and includes presentation of three major business awards: Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, and Project of the Year. Other awards recognize outstanding

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chamber ambassadors, the chamber’s Volunteer of the Year, and, new this year, recognition of one member for an outstanding workforce wellness initiative. The 15 nominees this year, who have been submitted by customers, employees, themselves or others, are reviewed to decide which ones will win. “They fill out an application form

and they describe their business in some detail,” said Sandy Forstner, executive director of the chamber. From there, ambassadors visit the businesses, and also accept letters from customers or others who can attest to the its quality. Forstner said a number of categories decide who will win each award, including the level of customer service, growth and commit-

ment to employees. The day of the banquet, Chamber ambassadors host the evening’s entertainment under the theme “Sold on Austin.” About 300 people are expected to attend. To register or for more information, contact the chamber at 507-437-4561.

PAST WINNERS: BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Double K Speciality MJ OʼConnor, Inc. Bissen TV & Appliance Hy-Vee Food Store Golden Tress Perkins Austin Medical System (Now Mayo Clinic Health

System - Albert Lea and Austin) 2007 Anderson Memorials 2008 Davis, Thoen, Kramer & Associates 2009 Apollo Liquor & Superette 2010 Hoversten, Johnson, Beckmann & Hovey, LLP

2011 Quiznos

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Norm and Marlene Blaser accepted the Business of Year award during the annual Austin Area Chamber of Commerce banquet last year at the Holiday Inn. Herald filed photo


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Established: 1919 Address: 1202 28th St. NE Owner/manager: Owned by members, General Manager William Budion Main business type: Private country club Products/services: Golf, pool, tennis, dining, social events and banquet facilities

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Established: Five years ago Address: 1906 Eighth St. NW, Suite G Owner/manager: Dan Lui Main business type: Food service Products/services: Chinese Buffet

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Sterling State Bank

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Established: 1958 Address: 1419 First St. SW Owner/manager: -Main business type: Bank Products/services: Banking, checking, savings, CDs, IRAs, personal, business, mortgage and farm loans, payroll services, investment, personal and business insurance

Established: 2006 Address: 107 W. Oakland Ave. Owner/manager: Kimberly and Brian Alwin Main business type: Moving Services Products/services: Working with older adults, downsizing, packing, transport and unpacking

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Yoga Studio of Austin

Adams, Rizzi & Sween, P.A.

Established: 1887 Address: 300 First St. NW Owner/manager: Paul Sween, Steven Rizzi and Dean Adams Main business type: Law office Products/services: Legal services Established: 2012 Address: 401 N Main St., Suite 202 Owner/manager: Lindsey Kepper Main business type: Yoga studio, sports, recreation

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Seller始s Lock & Key Inc.

Established: 2003 Address: 417 N Main St. Owner/manager: Sandra Bell Main business type: Clothing consignment and home decor Products/services: Gifts and antiques

Established: 2008 Address: 303 Fifth Place NW Owner/manager: Jeff Sellers Main business type: Locksmith/safe technician Services: Locks, keys, commercial, residential, automotive, electronic access, safes sold, serviced and installed

Established: 2011 Address: 1701 17th St. NW Owner/manager: Dr. James and Debra Shaffer Main business type: Health Products/services: Walk in medical care

Established: 20 years ago Address: 329 N Main St., Suite 201 Owners: Randall Kramer, Greg Thoen, Webb Davis Main business type: Financial advisory firm Services: Financial, investment, retirement guidance

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PAST WINNERS:

PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2000: Main Street-Sterling Drug 2001: Hormel Foods - Spam Museum 2002: Cooperative Response Center 2003: Collision Specialists, Inc. 2004: USEM, Inc. 2005: Our House 2006: Jim始s Supervalu 2007: B&J Bar 2008: The Hormel Institute 2009: Hormel Historic Home 2010: McDonald始s 2011: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2000: Emotions Floral & Gifts 2001: Austin Mortgage Co. 2002: Triple J Disposal 2003: Minn-State Mortgage Corp. 2004: Blecker Realty 2005: Carlson Home 2006: Savory Skillet 2007: Restaurant Warehouse 2008: Walmart 2009: Beaver Trails-Jellystone Park 2010: Austin Bruins 2011: Ooh La La! Handbags & Accessories

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Hormel Foods Corp.

Established: 1891 Address: 1 Hormel Place Owner/manager: CEO and President Jeff Ettinger, Plant Manager Tim Fritz Business type: Manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products Products: Meat and grocery products

Austin Auto Truck Plaza/Watts Cookin始

Established: 1988 Address: 1509 10th Place NE Owner/manager: Kermit Watts Main business type: Truck stop/restaurant and bar Products/services: Gas, diesel, convenience store items, gift area, restaurant food and bar

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Mayo Clinic Health System

Address: 1000 First Drive NW Owner/manager: CEO Dr. Mark Ciota, Former CAO Adam Rees, CAO Steve Waldhoff Main business type: Health care Products/services: Clinic and hospital

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Sterling Beauty Salon

Established: 2007 Address: 1207 First Ave. SW Owner/manager: Carol Tracy Main business type: Hair salon

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Cedar Valley Services

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Established: 1960 Address: 2111 Fourth St. NW Owner/manager: James Mueller Main business type: Non-profit Products/services: Day training, extended employment, transportation programs, job placement, janitorial, wood products, paper shedding, sub-contract packaging, recycling, commercial laundry services and food service and catering

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Business of the Year