Nominations sought for Chamber's Mel Bedwell award

Posted 2/28/18

Chamber to Celebrate 25th Small Businessperson of the Year Award

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Nominations sought for Chamber's Mel Bedwell award


The 2018 Mel Bedwell Award luncheon, slated for Wednesday, May 16, at the Museum Center at Five Points, will recognize the 25th Small Businessperson of the year recipient.

The annual awards luncheon will also kick off a monthlong focus on the contributions of small business to the economic well-being of Cleveland/Bradley County.

The Small Business Committee of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce presents this annual recognition event. Highlighting the luncheon is recognition of an outstanding small-business person in the community, recognized for his or her success in six areas: staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity, and evidence of contributions to the community.

The Chamber’s board of directors renamed the Small Business Person of the Year Award 20 years ago to honor the memory of Mel Bedwell, who was known for his energy, determination, ingenuity, honesty, enthusiasm and loyalty — all traits necessary for a successful small business owner. Bedwell was an owner with Jack Smith of Cleveland Business Machines.

Nomination forms for this award are available on the Downloadable Forms page of the Chamber’s website at All nominations are due by March 30.

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce is a quality organization dedicated to the business development of our members, the economic growth of our region and the highest quality of life for our community, the Ocoee Region of Tennessee. To learn more visit  


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