Alma Area Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for its community leader of the year and business of the year awards to be given out at the annual banquet Jan. 23 at the Alma High School student union.

Alma’s chamber banquet will be at 6 p.m. and will include a guest speaker and dinner.

In conjunction with the banquet, the chamber gives out annual awards for area individuals and businesses that are considered leaders in community involvement.

"We’re looking for someone who has contributed to the community as a whole, and not just financially; someone who has been involved in various activities," Lisa Norris, director for the Alma Area Chamber of Commerce, said on how an individual is chosen as community leader of the year.

Last year, Bob Martin, administrator for Alma Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, was selected for the honor. Coincidentally, Alma Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center was chosen as the business of the year, but Norris said that is not generally the case.

She also made note that winners do not need to be chamber members, it just happens that most of them are.

"Usually, if they’re involved in the community, it just kind of works out that they’re in the chamber," Norris said. "It’s really to honor somebody in the community who’s had a broad impact."

Winners of the business award need to be supportive at a local level and sponsor activities in the community, Norris said.

Norris pointed out the chamber services the entire area, including cities such as Mulberry and Cedarville that do not have their own chambers, and nominees can come from any part of that area - not just from Alma.

Nominations can be made to Norris by emailing them to The business or individual’s name and the reason for your nomination must be included. Nominations are due on or before Jan. 10.