MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The nomination deadline is fast approaching for the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce's 2009 Community Awards Banquet.
The annual event is set for Wednesday, March 18, in the Pacific Room of the Werner University Center at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers and a silent auction. Dinner and awards follow at 6:30 p.m.
Among the award categories are First Citizen, Distinguished Service, New Business of the Year, Small Business (15 and fewer employees) of the Year, and Large Business (16 or more employees) of the Year.
Deadline for nominations is Saturday, Feb. 28.
Schools in Monmouth and Independence will also recognize their leading students.
Tickets for the banquet, which usually sells out, are now available. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children. Banquet sponsorships are being accepted and volunteers are needed to help with the event.
For more information: Amberly Van Winkle, Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce, 503-838-4268; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.mitownchamber.org.