Nominations sought for Retailer of the Year Award

There are countless business people across South Dakota who are instrumental in helping to make their communities a better place to live by contributing to local causes, being active in community and civic events, and by providing great service to their customers.

The South Dakota Retailers Association wants to hear about them.

Each year, the organization presents the South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award to a business owner or manager who runs a top notch business, and is a booster for their community.

Jackie Morrison of The Tumbleweed in Mitchell is heading up the SDRA Awards Comttee this year.

"The Retailer of the Year Award is a chance to recognize a retailer in your area who is always above and beyond in everything they do," says Morrison. "Hard work and dedication needs to be recognized and this is your chance to let us know about one of these deserving retailers. It is a great award for the retailer and their community."

Previous recipients of the Retailer of the Year Award include hardware stores, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, flower shops, appliance stores, gift shops, pharmacies, implement dealers, a book store, and other businesses that play a vital role in the every day life of communities across the state.

Shawn Lyons, executive director of the South Dakota Retailers Association, notes that business owners face many challenges.

"This year, many businesses across the state tightened their belts as a result of the drought. Last year, many contended with flooding," said Lyons. "And yet, you really have to admire them because no matter what is thrown at them, South Dakota's retailers don't just keep going strong, they continue to be the backbone of their local communities, remaining committed to providing great service. We hope that organizations who depend on those businesses for donations, employees, and customers will all take just a few minutes to fill out a nomination form and submit it to us."

Nominations for the Retailer of the Year Award must be postmarked by November 12, 2012, or submitted online or via email by Nov. 15. A committee of business people from across the state will then select the recipient, who will be honored at the SDRA Legislative Banquet in Pierre in January. Nominees who are finalists for the Award will receive a Certificate of Distinguished Service.

For more information or to obtain a nomination form, contact the South Dakota Retailers Association in Pierre at (605) 224-5050 or toll-free at (800) 658-5545, visit the Association's Web site at www.sdra.org/award or e-mail donna@sdra.org.

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