Chamber seeks nominations for IMPACT Awards

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Striving to recognize emerging professionals, the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its IMPACT Awards. A new offering, the accolades will showcase younger than 40 recipients who are innovative leaders at work and in the community.

"Every year we get together with our board of directors to determine new areas of opportunity for our chamber," said Cindy Williams, CEO of the local chamber. "So one of the areas that I really wanted to look at as we move forward is engaging young professionals.

"I think that many chambers, honestly, probably throughout the country are really looking at this too, because we want to be an organization that serves many different generations. So typically Chambers of Commerce will often think of hosting events. That's kind of a go-to. But I wanted to think beyond just an event for young professionals. We have some great groups in the community who are covering that space."

Modeling the award after 40-Under-40 offerings, Williams shared the program is similar but instead of honoring 40 individuals, the chamber will recognize up to five annually.

"They are typically more engaged in community service," she said about the younger generation. "They're looking for ways to develop their leadership potential.

"So speaking to all of that, we felt like there was a need to recognize individuals who are serving not only in their organizations but also within the community for something bigger. So that's where the idea came from. Then we said, 'Let's put together a very prestigious award.'"

Looking to honor the recipients "in a way that makes it worthy of the prestige," Williams noted the winners will be thoroughly recognized.

According to www.cartersvillechamber.com/impact-awards, "IMPACT Awards recipients will receive:

• Presentation of award at November Quarterly Luncheon

• Feature in the Community Guide & Business Directory magazine

• Recognition in the Discover Bartow magazine

• One-year complimentary registration to select chamber events

• One-hour professional coaching session."

To nominate one or more candidates, individuals need to submit their recommendations via the chamber's website, www.cartersvillechamber.com, by Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. Emerging leaders also may nominate themselves.

"When the general public is thinking about the person to nominate, obviously they have to be under the age of 40 because this is an emerging leader young professional award," Williams said. "They also need to be employed by a chamber membership organization. That can be found on our website, but certainly we can do the due diligence on that as well to make sure that the candidate qualifies in that regard.

"The nomination is very easy. You just need some basic contact information for the candidate and a quick write-up of why you think that they would be a good nominee," she said, adding later, selected nominees will provide more extensive information to the chamber.