Chamber to honor Man, Woman of Year

Nominations for the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 South Kitsap Man of the Year and Woman of the Year will close at 5 p.m. on Monday.

The Man of the Year award was first given in 1963, with Woman of the Year established in 1982.

During this time, nearly 70 people have been honored for community service.

The successful candidate will have donated many hours to the organization of their choice for the betterment of the South Kitsap Community. He or she does not have to be a chamber of commerce member or be associated with a business organization, but can be active in a church or synagogue, a youth organization, a not-for profit organization, fraternal, educational or political organization.

Nomination forms are available at

This year, the chamber is also bestowing its first annual South Kitsap Small Business of the Year Award.

The purpose is to recognize the dedication, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, exceptional business achievement and outstanding commitment to community displayed by a small local business.

Eligibility is restricted to businesses with fewer than 30 full-time employees and must be locally owned and privately held. (Institutional facilities, nonprofit organizations, regional offices and franchisees are not eligible.)

It must be a member in good standing with the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce and have operated for a minimum of two successive years.

Nominations for the Small Business Award are accepted by e-mail and should include company name, address, owner/CEO name, phone, number of employees, number of years in business and e-mail address.

Entries should also contain a one paragraph explanation of why this business qualifies and should be honored.

Nominations for all awards are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 22 and should be sent to

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