Over the past several years, business owners have faced so many challenges – a pandemic, supply chain issues, and labor shortages, to name a few.
In 2020, the staff at the Fillmore County Journal coordinated the first-ever “Business Person of the Year” award in collaboration with nominations from readers. This was an engaging community effort.
The first recipient of this award was Todd Jones, the owner of Ace Hardware in Spring Valley, Minn.
In the months that followed his award recognition, Jones shared that he had an amazing number of customers from the region walk into his store and congratulate him and his team on receiving this award.
As a newspaper, we have an opportunity to bring people together for a common good. To inspire and foster positive news presented by our readers that lifts people up in the communities we serve.