Small business, big impact

Awards to celebrate Brookings area small businesses

BROOKINGS – National Small Business Week is May 2-8, and the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) want to celebrate our local small businesses. 

To do so, the organizations have decided to partner again and sponsor five small business awards during National Small Business Week: Community Champion of the Year; Innovative Business of the Year; New Business of the Year; Veteran-Owned Business of the Year and Women-Owned Business of the Year.

Brookings is very fortunate to have depth, variety and longevity within its small business sector. 

They not only continue to shine but exceed expectations as they show innovation, ingenuity and grit. Both the Chamber and BEDC support small businesses with a variety of programs and initiatives through all stages from launching to retirement. 

Each organization knows the dedicated people behind these businesses, the countless hours they put in and the passion they have not only for their business, but the community as well.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the vital role small businesses have in growing our economy. Every industry sector in Brookings is represented by small business – retail, manufacturing, service, hospitality and more,” said Jennifer Quail, director of entrepreneur support with BEDC. 

The federal government classifies businesses with 500 or fewer employees as a “small business.” 

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

“Our small businesses here in Brookings are truly amazing. Their hard work, dedication, passion, resiliency and giving back deserve to be not only recognized but celebrated,” said Ashley Biggar, director of the Chamber’s Downtown Brookings program. 

 “We invite residents to help us appreciate these businesses by nominating them to receive these awards.” 

Nomination applications can be found on the Chamber website,, and individuals may submit several different nominations. 

The deadline for submitting is Tuesday, April 22. The awards will be announced one per day May 3-7, of National Small Business Week. 

For more information, contact Biggar at [email protected] or call the Chamber at 692-8922.



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