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Chamber Awards Program Seeks Nominations

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Nominations are now being accepted for the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Community Awards Banquet.

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Nominations are now being accepted for the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Community Awards Banquet.

The annual event is scheduled Thursday, April 29, in the Pacific Room of the Werner University Center at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a dinner and awards program at 6:30 p.m.

Among the nomination categories are Citizenship Awards (First Citizen, Distinguished Service), which can be made by anyone in the community, and Business Awards (New Business of the Year, Small Business -- 15 and fewer employees -- of the Year, Large Business -- 16 or more employees -- of the Year, and the Agri-Business of the Year), which nominations and award winners are restricted to chamber members.

Nomination forms are available online at www.mitownchamber.org. Deadline for all nominations is Thursday, April 1.

Schools in Monmouth and Independence will also recognize their leading students during the event.

Tickets for the banquet, which usually sells out, are now available. Cost is $35 each or two for $60. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office, 503-838-4268.

Banquet sponsorships are still being accepted and volunteers are needed to help with the event. For information on sponsorships, contact Kathy Martin-Willis, TNT Insurance, 503-623-4342.

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