The deadline to submit nominations for the Brown County Business Woman of the Year award has been extended to Monday, Feb. 4. This award is sponsored by The News Democrat and The Ripley Bee, and is typically presented during the Brown County Chamber of Commerce Spring Dinner, along with the Chamber's Pioneer Leadership and Horizon Awards. The Business Woman of the Year Award honors a select group of the most successful and influential businesswomen in the local community during 2012.
Submitting a nomination for Business Woman of the Year is simple. Just send a letter or email detailing information about the person you would like to nominate. The quality of the nomination is very helpful to the committee charged with selecting finalists. The person nominating should include their address and phone number so a member of the newspapers' committee can contact them.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail them to The News Democrat/Ripley Bee, PO Box 169, 111 East State Street, Georgetown, Ohio 45121. The more information you can provide about the person you are nominating, the better.
Questions may be referred to Bryan Peck, editor, at (937) 378-6161 or email email@example.com.
The 2011 finalists were Jenny Conrad, of Kibler Lumber in Mt. Orab; Tiny Hall, of Tiny's Wallpaper in Ripley; Sue Brooks-Lang of the Brown County Senior Citizens Center in Georgetown; Elaine Sams of Farrell and Associates in Georgetown and Lori Maloney, of Community Bowling Lanes in Georgetown.
The only criteria is that the business woman either live in Brown County or be employed at a business in Brown County.
Past winners of the Business Woman of the Year are Laura Garrison (2003), Shirley Moran (2004), Debby Redden (2005), Sherry Stout (2006), Gloria Parker (2007), Kay Cook (2008), Julie Evans (2009), Tonia Pinkerton (2010) and Brooks-Lang (2011).
Each finalist receives dinner, a plaque and is presented flowers.