The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates small business success with the Deubener Small Business Awards. The Deubener Awards, along with other volunteer and leadership awards, will be presented at the 2019 Chamber Honors. Any small business member can be nominated for a Deubener award, as long as they have 250 or less employees and have been in business for a minimum of three years. Deubener Awards are offered in the following categories:
Emerging Business Family-Owned Business For-Profit Business Innovative Business Minority-Owned Business Nonprofit Business Women-Owned Business
History of the Deubener Awards Since 1981, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce has celebrated small business success with the Deubener Small Business Awards in honor of Walter & Lydia Deubener. The Deubeners were the proprietors of a grocery store in downtown Saint Paul and invented the first shopping bag with handles, which increased the store’s business overnight. The couple eventually sold their store and established manufacturing facilities in Saint Paul, with sales in 1919 totaling one million bags. The Chamber annually presents Deubener Awards to seven organizations that exemplify growth, excellence, risk, diversity, and innovation.
Outstanding Volunteer Of The Year And Emerging Volunteer Of The Year Awards
The Outstanding Volunteer and Emerging Volunteer awards honor Chamber volunteers who have stood out by dedicating significant time and energy to make the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce prosper.
Individuals are honored with volunteer awards in the following categories:
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year This award has been awarded each year since 1996 to an individual who has gone above and beyond in their volunteer work with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.
Emerging Volunteer of the Year Awarded to an individual who has recently become more involved and engaged with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and who understands the importance of encouraging new members and young professionals to become engaged in Chamber activities.