(July 13, 2018) The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual awards to be presented to community and business leaders.

Members of the public can nominate individuals by outlining their contributions, accomplishments and achievements on nomination forms available at the Chamber Visitor Center at Routes 50 and 707 or from Lisa Layfield, events director, at lisa@OceanCity.org.

Each year, the chamber presents the following honors:

The “Business Person of the Year” award, sponsored by D3 Corp, recognizes someone who is the founder, owner, CEO or president of a business that is a member in good standing with the local chamber.

The nominee should exhibit business leadership and vision, demonstrate commitment to the success of both business and the area and serve as a positive role model for others.

The “Citizen of the Year” award, sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital, recognizes a person who embodies the best characteristics of community citizenship and serves as an example to all, while the “Chamber Volunteer of the Year,” sponsored by Peninsula Regional Medical Center, honors an individual who donates his or her time and talent by serving on a chamber committee or the chamber board of directors and other organizations.

The “Young Professional of the Year” award recognizes a person between the ages of 21-39 who is employed by or owns a business that is a member of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. Someone who has gone above and beyond to grow personally and professionally through community involvement, who exemplifies leadership skills and exhibits exceptional vision that contributes to success in the workplace.

Recognitions are also given to the “Nonprofit of the Year,” sponsored by Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, and presented to an active 501-C-3 organization that has made a notable impact on the quality of life for those who live and work in the area, and “The Lifetime Achievement Award,” given to an individual for a lifetime of consistent community leadership and philanthropic endeavors that have made a lasting impact on their community.

For additional information on how to nominate someone and the specific criteria honorees should meet are available at the Chamber Visitor Center at Routes 50 and 707 or contact Layfield at lisa@OceanCity.org. Nomination must be received no later than July 16.

Submit to Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce by mail/or drop off 12320 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, Maryland 21811, email to mychamber@OceanCity.org or fax to 410-213-7521.

The awards will be presented on Sept. 16 at the chamber’s annual awards celebration to be held at the Clarion Fontainebleau on 101st Street.

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