29th Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards

announcing the
29th Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards

We will be on location at the Melrose Inn for the 2017 Chamber Awards Event, on January 31st at 6 PM. Come and join in the fun, a fabulous meal, and see who will be receiving special awards this year!

Each year the Chamber of Commerce receives nominations from the community to honor individuals and businesses. Awards will be given to those who have shown extraordinary efforts to volunteer their time and a business that is recognized for longevity, community involvement, success as a business and is well respected by the community.

Dinner Menu

Marilyn’s Historic Melrose Inn

Tryon North Carolina 28782

828 859-0234


Starters – Appetizer Plate

Papadams, nuts, dried cranberries, cheese wedge, fruit tart


Wedge of Iceberg topped with cheddar cheese, baby grapes, tomatoes,

sweet onions and dry toasted pecans

Dinner – Select one


– Stuffed Swaii featuring Italian herbs lemon capers and soft cheese.

Brown wild rice

Fresh vegetables – Asparagus, tender peas and ginger carrots


Double thick boneless loin chop – stuffed with sweet onions, raisin & cranberry compote

On a bed of smoky “slow simmered” barley

Fresh vegetables – Asparagus, tender peas and ginger carrots


Warm Apple Cheese crepe with honey creme glaze and marmalade dollop

Featuring 3 different apples and 2 imported cheeses

Coffee and tea as desired

Beer/Wine included

Vegan and Gluten Free options available.

Please email your menu choice by email: Menu Choice
Deadline is January 23rd.

Seating is limited to 68, so please don’t wait to make your reservations!

Payment Options:

Check, Cash, Visa, MC, Discover, and Paypal

Purchase Tickets Here

Call the Chamber for payment or other information 828-859-6236


There is still time to enter a nomination for the following awards, with the deadline of January 16th: 

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Recognized for consistent time and effort contributing to the Chambers’ activities, who has done something extraordinary for the activities of the Polk County Chamber of Commerce as a volunteer.

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR:  An individual who runs an established business or tax-exempt or not-for-profit organization that generates revenues, pays salaries and functions as any business, has operated for a generous period of time, is good for our communities, participates in community activities, well respected by fellow businesses, and not a current Chamber Board member.

MOST OUTSTANDING CITIZEN: (Not given every year) Presented to one who: is not necessarily a business, nor a Chamber member, is certainly an individual who has contributed in an exceptional way to the vitality of our communities or to other goals of the Chamber through his/her philanthropic, entrepreneurial or creative efforts; given only whenever there is the rare evidence of a person who has made such an extraordinary contribution.

HALL OF FAME: (Not given every year) Criteria is same as Volunteer of the Year, but for a longer period of time, or any person who has made an exceptional contribution to the goals of the Chamber consistently over an extended period of time.

DUKE ENERGY CITIZENSHIP AND SERVICE AWARD.  Individuals who make the commitment to help others are essential links in bringing our communities closer together.  This award pays tribute to individuals who use their time, talent and compassion to positively affect the lives of others in their communities or in the workplace.  Recipients of the award help foster a culture of citizenship and service that acts as a catalyst for others to become involved in civic and social activities.

To submit a nomination by email,  please click HERE and include a reason why the award should be given.