Lakes Proud will recognize an employee every month that exemplifies the campaign’s mission of buying and supporting local businesses. The monthly winner will receive $50 in Brainerd Lakes Chamber Bucks for embracing the Lakes Proud spirit. Applicants should personify the following attributes.

  1. Customer Service
    • Delivers exceptional service by being attentive to what the customer needs.
    • Ensures that the customer has a good experience, and if not, problem solves to remedy the situation.
  2. Expertise
    • Brings a level of expertise about the products and services that differentiates a business.
    • Strives to continue to learn and grow to better serve customers.
  3. Lakes Proud Spirit
    • Believes in and supports Lakes Proud’s mission of shopping and buying locally.
    • Understands the importance of how buying locally affects the local economy.


Nominees need to be currently employed at the business that they’re representing in this nomination. The business being represented should be Lakes Proud. It’s easy to make the Lakes Proud Promise at



Nominate your employees and coworkers for the Lakes Proud award if they help make your workplace Lakes Proud. You can also nominate an employee from a business you recently visited if an employee made your shopping and buying experience better. Each month, the Lakes Proud committee will select a winner based on the information from the nomination form. If an applicant isn’t selected, the committee will carry the nomination forward to the next month. Each month the winner will be featured on social media and in the Chambers’ electronic newsletters.