GCDC is seeking nominations for the 2023 Business Awards.  Award categories are listed below.  Please use the Attached Form and fill out a separate form for each nomination. Submissions are due no later than February 26, 2024.

The GCDC Executive Committee will review and select recipients, which will be announced at the Annual Dinner event on the evening of March 21, 2024 at Turner Hall in Monroe.


The Outstanding Business of the Year Award – honors an existing business that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the county’s economic growth through innovation, job creation, new investment, and/or extraordinary long-time interest in supporting others in business.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – honors an entrepreneur who leads the way for their business, demonstrating a growth mindset, a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn and find solutions to challenges, and a hunger for opportunity.

The Richard B. Schmied Leadership Award – commemorates Richard B. Schmied, remembered for the characteristics of leadership he exhibited.  The winner of the award exemplifies the character of a true leader.