Circle of Excellence Awards

The Richfield Circle of Excellence Awards Ceremony honors our leaders in the Richfield business community and beyond. 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

Government Service Award

Community Sports Award

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

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

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.

General Qualifications for Government Service Award
The Richfield Chamber recognizes those individuals who work in public service and devote themselves to advocating for Richfield and all it’s community members. Recipients for this award have held a public office position or worked directly with the City on profound changes to public policy and procedure. The award recipient has been willing to take risks to achieve change, fostered a more democratic society, served as a champion of social equity, changed the way a governmental organization operates so that it better achieves its goals, achieved substantial savings in government and/or helped develop other government leaders.

Community Sports Award
This award recognizes a community sports club, athlete or advocate that provides a high-quality sports environment for others. The recipient will have achieved this through supporting coaches and volunteers and developing the infrastructure of the club in order to benefit members. The recipient is committed to raising the standards of a sport, engaged with the local community, actively encouraged members to start, stay and succeed in sport, can demonstrate a commitment to the development of the members of their sport, including participants, coaches, and volunteers. The recipient has also built strong links with schools and other community organizations in order to increase engagement, developed an effective management structure, ss committed to the long-term development of their club, has widened access to their sport to include people who do not normally have the opportunity to take part / targeted work at engaging people from ‘hard to reach’ groups, and holds special qualities that set them apart from others.

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 Circle of Excellence 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.