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Community Recognition Awards

Once a year the Let's Minocqua Visitors Bureau recognizes the accomplishments of our partners, non-profit organizations, and area businesses. Nominations are considered for the following awards: Business of the Year, Shining Star/Non-Profit of the Year, Let's Minocqua Champion, Community Spirit Award, Citizen of the Year Award, and Outstanding Emerging Business. This year, we would like to recognize our businesses at our Annual Dinner held on May 8th, 2024 to present the awards and thank our nominees for participating in and supporting the organization and communities of Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae, & Hazelhurst.




Make A Nomination

Any Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae, or Hazelhurst business or individual who have demonstrated success in business as well as contributed to their local communities can be nominated. Fill out the form to submit your nominations for outstanding area businesses or organizations in each category.

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Award Categories

Business of the Year is presented to the business that has demonstrated innovative economic and business growth, provides dedication to customer service, and is active in the community.

Shining Star/Non-Profit of the Year is presented to a service organization or public institution that provides dedication to community service and leadership and develops innovative programs to serve the community over time.

Community Spirit Award recognizes an organization or individual that is dedicated to helping others or an organization that’s leading an initiative/program focused on making a positive impact in the Lakeland Area.

Citizen of the Year Award recognizes someone whose work, community service, and involvement demonstrate what it is to be a good citizen.

Outstanding Emerging Business recognizes a small business that has contributed to our region’s economic vitality and demonstrated revenue growth and staying power. The business must have operated for less than five years.


Thank you to everyone that attended our Annual Dinner last night at the Campanile Center for the Arts. It was a great evening to recognize & celebrate so many amazing people doing great work in our communities. The winners of this year's Community Recognition Awards are:

Business of the Year: Northfork Fin & Filet

Shining Star/Non-Profit of the Year: Northwoods Wildlife Center

Community Spirit Award: Lakeland Sharing Foundation

Citizen of the Year Award: Megan Hunt from Black Sheep Ink

Outstanding Emerging Business: Dick's Doghouse

Chamber Champion: Michael Tautges