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Evening of Excellence Annual Award Nominations

The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes individuals and businesses for their outstanding efforts in our communities of Cottage Grove, Newport, and St. Paul Park. The winners will receive their awards at our Evening of Excellence Annual Chamber Banquet on October 26th, 2022.

Please complete nomination forms below and submit it no later than

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022

2022 Nomination Forms

Nominate a business/individual/nonprofit you know or your own business, organization, or yourself.

Include any narrative, examples, customer letters, etc.… that would benefit your nomination.

Selection will be made by the Chamber Executive Committee.

Award winners are not permitted to receive an award in the same category in two consecutive years.

Past Award Recipients

Chamber Awards 2020 2021
Business of the Year 3M Tinucci’s Restaurant & Catering
Business Person of the Year Randy Bachman, Merchants Bank Sonya Fox, RE/MAX Professionals
Small Business of the Year n/a Historic Furber Farm
Non-Profit of the Year New Award New Award

Past Award Nominees


Basic Needs Inc. of South Washington County

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Cottage Grove Athletic Association

Cottage Grove Beyond The Yellow Ribbon and Surrounding Areas

Cottage Grove Lions

Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest

Dodge Nature Center at Shepard Farm


Friends in Need Food Shelf

HERO Training Center

Hope Christian Academy

Pine Harbor Christian Academy

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation

SaNeCo Girl Scouts

SoWashCo CARES/Education Foundation

The Connect Center

The Grove - Cottage Grove

WAG Farms Dog Park Association


Youth Service Bureau

Small Business of the Year candidates (under 10 employees):

AAA Autoclub Group

American Family Insurance-Darin S. Husaby

Arney Plumbing, LLC

Ashland Credit Union

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More

Brave Soul Counseling Services

Broadway Bar & Grill

Brynn Alden Interior Design LLC

Bulletin License Center

Carpet Den, Inc.

Cloverleaf Bar and Grill

Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty

Coldwell Banker Realty - Sonya Tallarico Wennberg

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care

Cottage Grove Dairy Queen

Craftsman Renovations

Dennis Brothers Liquor, Inc.

Dust Doctors

E412 Consulting, LLC

Edina Realty

Ed's Trophies, Inc.

Edward Jones - Jeffery Shoemaker

Fraley Bookkeeping Services

Genesis Financial and Tax Solutions

Gerlach Service

Greg's Tax Service

Grove Nutrition

Hadley Irrigation, Inc.

Home Federal Savings Bank

Hope Glen Farm LLC


John S. Germo Insurance Agency, Inc.

Keller Williams Premier Realty

Kiekhoefer Chiropractic

Kok Funeral Home

Legends of Cottage Grove


Lifesounds Hearing Healthcare

Link Physical Therapy

Mary Kay - Barb Forthun

Mary Kay - Becky Fox

Merchants Bank

MidWestOne Bank

Mik Mart Ice Cream LLC

Minuteman Press

Miss Laura's Preschool Programs Plus!

MN Public Record Specialists, LLC

Moseng Locksmithing Company

Newport Collision Center

Nighthawk Security

Oasis Chiropractic P.A.

Old National Bank

Optimal Health & Performance LLCTraining for Warriors East Metro

Orangetheory Fitness

Paragon Insurance Group LLC

Park Grove Bowl

Park Grove Electric, Inc.

Park Place Sports Bar

Passion for Dining and Nutrition

Paychex, Inc.

RE/MAX Professionals

RISE Professional

River Oaks Golf Course and Event Center

Rumpca Services, Inc.

S&S Lawn Care Service - Snow Landscaping LLC

Santa Spoons

Set It Up Party Rental LLC

Sievers Creative

South Washington County Telecommunications Commission


Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP

Spartan Promotional Group, Inc.

That's My Idea Marketing

The Cutting Garden

The Healing Place of Cottage Grove

The Kimre Group

The Oral Surgery Center

The Pallais Agency / American Family Insurance

Thrivent Financial - Chad Rediske

Valley Bookkeeping Solutions LLC

Veritas Financial Strategies, LLC

Vintage Gameroom LLC

Warwick Construction, Inc.

Whole Health Chiropractic

Wireless World

York Law Firm, LLC


Business of the Year Candidates (over 11 employees):

Advanced Sportswear, Inc.

American Donor Services

AVEKA CCE Technologies

Bieter Eye Center

City of Cottage Grove

City of Newport

City of St. Paul Park

Collins Electrical Construction Company

Country Inn & Suites

Culver's of Cottage Grove

Custom One Homes LLC


Junction 70

Lake Elmo Inn

Lindgren Dental Care

LSP Cottage Grove, L.P.

M Health Fairview Cottage Grove Clinic

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Muddy Cow

Norris Square

Renewal by Andersen

River Oaks Golf Course and Event Center

South Washington County School District

Tennis Roll Off, LLC

the Myers -Thrivent

The Wings of Newport

Total Mechanical Services

Van Meter

Washington County CDA

White Pine Senior Living of Cottage Grove Memory Care

Xcel Energy