Business Hall of Fame 2019

Less than a week remains for the submission of nominations for the 2019 inductees into the Norfolk Area Business Hall of Fame — now in its third year — as well as the “emerging business” award.

Click here for nomination forms.

In 2017, the Daily News and First National Bank of Norfolk created the hall of fame in recognition of the many Norfolk and area businesses that deserve to be honored for their longevity, their commitment to their employees and their involvement in civic and charitable affairs.

Each year, two businesses are inducted into the hall — one from Norfolk and one from outside of Norfolk.

In 2017, the inaugural inductees were Appeara of Norfolk and Husker Ag of Plainview. Last year, joining them were Lou’s Thrifty Way of Norfolk and Bluebird Nursery of Clarkson.

The “emerging business” award also has been presented twice, going to Mama’s and Nana’s Cafe in Neligh in 2017 and Real Estate Solutions Team of Norfolk last year. This award goes to a business in existence for five or fewer years. The idea is to provide encouragement to young business owners or new firms as they go about making their mark in the Norfolk area.

Nomination forms for both the hall of fame and the “emerging business” award are available at the Daily News, at both First National Bank locations in Norfolk, as well as online at

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 14.

A selection committee — made up of Denise Wilkinson of the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce, Mary Plettner of the Nebraska Public Power District and Loren Kucera of the Nebraska Business Development Center, with help from Daily News and First National representatives — will make the final decision among nominees, with the honorees to be announced in late summer.

Last year, the selection committee reviewed close to 40 nominations.

Each of the honorees will be featured prominently on the front page of an edition of the Daily News, which will then be matted and framed and presented to them.

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