The Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce will officially announce the winners of the Adel Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year Awards on March 28 at the Adel Chamber of Commerce Reception. The Chamber has the finalists narrowed down to three businesses and three citizens for the awards.


The finalists for Business of the Year are Adel Family Fun Center, Eric Schepers State Farm Insurance and Fareway. The finalists for Citizen of the Year are Braden Nemecheck, Eric Schepers and the McAdon Family.


This is the third year that the awards will be given out by the Adel Chamber. Last year, Fullers won the Business of the Year honors and Doug Zeigler won Citizen of the Year honors.


To decide who is up for the awards, the Chamber asks for nominations from the public. For Citizen of the Year, they ask nominators the following three questions:


1. What have they given to the community?


2. What organizations are they involved with?


3. Tell about their community involvement.


“We get anywhere from 50 words to 10,000 words,” said Deb Bengtson, director of the Adel Chamber.


For business of the year, they ask the following questions:


1. How has this business gone above and beyond expectations and service to the community?


2. What are this business’s growths and achievements?


3. How have they made Adel a better community?


They had 37 nominations submitted for Business of the Year and 14 nominations submitted for Citizen of the Year. Of the 37 businesses and 14 citizens, some of them were duplicates, Bengtson said.


Bengtson said there is a committee that plans the event on March 28 and it is their job to narrow the field down to three businesses and three citizens for the awards. The members of the committee reveal their top three choices before they have any discussion.


“Usually, by the time they’ve laid out their top three choices, we know who the top three people are,” Bengtson said. “A lot of it is how the write-up was and it’s them knowing the business in the community and what that person has given back to the community.


“We’re not just looking for a business that’s been around for a long period of time, we’re looking for a business that really goes above and beyond and gives back to the community and makes Adel the great community that it is.”


The Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Reception will be held at Hillcrest Country Club in Adel and is open to anybody wishing to attend. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, including beef skewers, shrimp and stuffed mushrooms, will be served from 5-8:30 p.m. with the presentation of the awards at 6:30.


“We really want this as a celebration of our business of the year and citizen of the year and that’s why we’re not having a speaker,” Bengtson said. “We want to announce these people and then have people stick around to celebrate with them.”


While there won’t be a speaker, there will be a surprise special guest. There will also be raffle prizes.


Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from the Chamber office on the second floor of Adel City Hall, or on the chamber website at http://www.adelpartners.org/events/details/celebrate-adel-03-28-2017-1191. The deadline to RSVP is March 20.