President’s Award Ceremony

President’s Night! The President’s Night Awards Ceremony honors our leaders in the Richfield business community. Smart business makes a difference in the community and this is our chance to recognize those that excel in their fields. The Awards Ceremony will honor:

Business of the Year

Small Business of the Year

Non-Profit of the Year

Business Leader of the Year/The Larry Farrington Award

The Richfield Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual awards ceremony, in February, to recognize business leaders in each of these categories: Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year and Business Leader of the Year/ The Larry Farrington Award. A committee of chamber members nominate fellow businesses in each categories.

General Qualifications & Selection Criteria for Business of the Year

  • Must be a profit-making business enterprise for at least five years
  • Must be a Richfield Chamber of Commerce member in good standing
  • Staying power – a substantiated history as an established business
  • Growth in number of employees
  • Increase in sales and/or unit volume
  • Innovativeness of product or service
  • Response to Adversity
  • Contributions to aid community-oriented projects

General Qualifications & Selection Criteria for Small Business of the Year

  • Must be a majority owner and/or operating head of an independently owned, profit-making business enterprise for at least five years
  • Must have less than 100 employees
  • Does not exceed more than $5 million dollars in annual sales
  • Must be a Richfield Chamber of Commerce member in good standing
  • Staying power – a substantiated history as an established business
  • Growth in number of employees
  • Increase in sales and/or unit volume
  • Innovativeness of product or service
  • Response to Adversity
  • Contributions to aid community-oriented projects

General Qualifications & Selection Criteria for Non-Profit of the Year

  • Must be a non-profit-making business enterprise
  • Must be a Richfield Chamber of Commerce member in good standing
  • Staying power – a substantiated history as an established non-profit
  • Growth in community involvement
  • The nominated organization must have had 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service for at least five years and may not be a faith-based organization.
  • The Organization must be located in the Twin Cities and serve Richfield and its surrounding communities

General Qualifications for Business Leader of the Year/The Larry Farrington Award

In 1969, the Richfield Chamber of Commerce established a special award presented to the individual that achieves outstanding service to the Chamber and the community. The Award is intended to keep alive the memory of Larry Farrington, a member in the 60’s who contributed in extraordinary ways to the Chamber, the community and to his family. The Award is intended to keep alive the type of idealism in personal and community relationships which Larry Farrington demonstrated right up to the day of his untimely death in 1968. This idealism means working consistently not just for what is most profitable or most expedient, but for what is best in the long term for individuals and the community – for compassion in human relationships, for understanding, for education, for integrity and truth. The concept of the Larry Farrington Award is to perpetuate among Richfield Chamber of Commerce members a determination that our world is not just a profit-and-loss statement in which each person’s life is dedicated to surpassing others, but a world in which all of us are dependent upon each other to produce the best that is within us.

Selection

The Richfield Chamber of commerce awards committee reviews all nominee applications. These committee members come from a variety of professions and backgrounds. Recipients are selected based upon selection criteria; application review is kept confidential.

Recognition
Recipients are recognized at the President’s Awards Ceremony and are promoted throughout the year on the Chamber website, through email communications to its members and local communities and at chamber events.