Since businesses went above and beyond to make ends meet in 2020, the Door County Economic Development Corporation found their impetus for their newest initiative. The DCEDC introduced three new awards and also tweaked how they’ll distribute one of their long-standing awards. They added a Lightkeeper Award, honoring woman and minority-owned businesses, the Rangelight Award, honoring a business that’s been operating for less than three years, and a Lighthouse award which honors an established business of the year. The Lantern Award for lifetime achievement will be awarded yearly now. It used to be given out when a gust of inspiration came to award it, which would sometimes be every two or three years. DCEDC Communications Director Kelsey Fox says they want more businesses to feel eligible for the spotlight.
June 30th is the final day to nominate businesses for recognition and this year local artists will be crafting the trophies rather than having winners receive plaques. Information on the nomination process can be found here.
(Photo courtesy of the DCEDC)