The Brainerd Lakes Chamber Has Released Their 2019 Business Award Winners


The Brainerd Lakes Chamber has released their 2019 business award winners!   The Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award goes to Brainerd General Rental.  Here’s what the Brainerd Chamber press release said:

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber and Cub Foods are excited to present the 2nd Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award to Brainerd General Rental which is a small business that truly personifies the spirit of entrepreneurship, pride and success! The Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award honors a Brainerd Lakes Chamber business that employs up to 25 team members with the following attributes: leadership, innovation, employee investment and community service. Steve Mau, owner of Brainerd General Rental, was encouraged by other business owners and customers to apply for the Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award. Steve’s comments upon being announced as the award recipient, “For the past 26 years Brainerd General Rental has been blessed to be a part of this amazing community. Through countless projects that our customers have undertaken and the support that our dedicated staff has provided, this recognition is for them. An opportunity to pause and rejoice in all that we have accomplished together.”

The Business Excellence Award goes to 3 Cheers Hospitality. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber gave these remarks:

Joining the cast of legendary Business Excellence Award winners is 3 Cheers Hospitality! They will be recognized for their leadership, innovation, employee investment and community service. Brainerd Dispatch is proud to sponsor the Business Excellence Award and present it to 3 Cheers Hospitality during the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s premiere event of the year! 


The Business Legacy Award goes to Dutch and Irma Cragun. Again the Brainerd Lakes Chamber:

Headlining the Celebration of Excellence will be the presentation of the Business Legacy Award by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and RiverWood Bank to Dutch and Irma Cragun! They are a monarch in the hospitality industry who have achieved exceptional business success in their lifetime. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber seeks to recognize inspiring leadership that transcends business and leaves a legacy of community and economic vitality for generations to come.