The Union Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2018 Long Haul Service Award and Business Excellence Awards.

The Long Haul Service Award is a lifetime service award presented to a citizen of the Union area, who is over the age of 65 and has served the community throughout his or her life. It is for direct, outstanding service and has no relation to Chamber membership.

Nominees will be recognized for past contributions to the betterment of the community through church, service organizations and general service to fellow citizens. Nominees need not be currently involved in community activities. Nominations should be submitted confidentially and are due Oct. 1.

The Business Excellence Awards honor businesses for their significant role in driving Union’s business community and economic growth. Nominated businesses must set the standards for excellence and innovation with their business practices and community involvement. There are four Business Excellence Awards:

• Community Partner of the Year — In recognition of a business that has provided outstanding dedication and support of the Union community or had a significant business achievement during the year.

• Nonprofit Organization of the Year — In recognition of a local 501(c)(3), (c)(4), or (c)(6) organization whose exceptional delivery of services to the community sets a high standard of quality and impact.

• Uniquely Union — In recognition of a local business that sets itself apart from other businesses in the Union community, whether through services offered, goods offered, business practices, etc.

• Outstanding Community Project — In recognition of a project or event that has made an exceptional contribution to community needs. The project’s success and achievements will be considered. The project can be a one-time occurrence, yearly, or throughout the year.

To be nominated, the business must be a member in good standing with the Union Area Chamber of Commerce and meet the additional criteria for the specific award.

Nominations should be submitted confidentially and are due by Oct. 8.

The Long Haul Service Award and Business Excellence Awards will be presented at the Chamber’s annual banquet on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Nomination forms for both the Long Haul Service Award and Business Excellence Awards can be downloaded at www.unionmochamber.org or by calling the Union Chamber office, 636-583-8979, or emailing director@unionmochamber.org.