Chamber Press Releases

Nov 11, 2014 — by: Heather Tramp

The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual awards which will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Gala on

January 17, 2015 at the Ross Ragland Theater. Awards and criteria are:

Business/Organization Awards (must be a Chamber member)

These awards will recognize a business or organization that fits the criteria (see below). Recipients of these awards will recognized in radio commercials on Basin Mediactive radio stations, KLAD FM and News Talk 1150 KAGO as well as in the newspaper, on the Chamber website, and on Chamber social media platforms. The business will receive a trophy or plaque to display in their business.

  • Big IDEA Innovation Award - Awarded to an organization in any industry that employs new ideas or approaches to doing business.  Innovation could fill an unmet need, create attention, be different or better than existing products, exceed market expectations, achieve financial success, or improve business systems.

  • Environmental Leadership Award - Awarded to any organization in any industry that demonstrates an alignment with clean energy or clean technology practices.

  • Commitment to Community - Awarded to any organization in any industry that demonstrates a successful approach to corporate social responsibility and can show a positive impact on the community.

  • Best Place to Work Award (business with 15 or less employees, business with 16 or more employees) - Presented to an organization that, through its innovation and dedication, provides employees with an outstanding positive, healthy and productive workplace.

Individual Awards (must be connected to a Chamber member business/organization)

These awards will recognize an individual who fits the criteria (see below). Recipients of these awards will recognized in the newspaper, on the Chamber website, and on Chamber social media platforms. The individual will receive prizes donated by local businesses.

  • Spirit of Entrepreneurism  - Awarded to an individual who exhibits an entrepreneurial spirit, originality, personal integrity, and influence.  Awarded to an individual who has taken risks in business (could be started a new venture, expanded into a new area, taken on a difficult project, demonstrates “outside the box” thinking, or demonstrate a vision for the future).

  • Lifetime AchievementAwarded to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional business achievement and outstanding commitment to Klamath’s business community over their lifetime.  Must be a business leader in Klamath County and be a member of the Chamber.  Must have participated in the Klamath business community for a minimum of 20 years.

  • The Pathfinder Award - Awarded to presidents, principals or chief executive officers for devoting time and energy to strengthen and transform the organization that they lead. This includes specific situations or initiatives where the recipient's insight, discernment and ability to lead and inspire have guided their organization to a new level of growth, achievement and recognition. This individual should:

    • actively support advancement of their organization,

    • create a vision and inspire others

    • establish a positive image for his or her business while leading it to higher levels of success,

    • encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees, and

    • give back to the community.


Not sure if someone is a Chamber member? Take a look at our directory.   Call (541) 884-5193 for more information.

You can make a nomination online or  nominations can be submitted electronically by submitting the attached form via fax to (541) 884-5195, via email to, or via mail at 205 Riverside Drive, Suite A, Klamath Falls, OR 97601.

Deadline for nominations is December 20, 2014.