The Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce recognized three area businesses and two local business professionals at its annual Chamber Business Awards event Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Yellowjacket Union on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus.

Empower Superior Nutrition, which opened Oct. 4 in the Belknap Plaza, won the New Business of the Year Award. A sister shop to Superior Impact Nutrition, the business served 502 shakes its first day of operation.

The Outstanding Young Business Award went to Exodus Machines, which manufactures attachments for the demolition and scrap industries and offers full service, parts and rebuilds for material handlers. Exodus signed an alliance agreement with Caterpillar in 2012 and occupies 90,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space on Connor's Point.

Keyport Liquor and Lounge received the Community Cornerstone Award, which recognizes longstanding businesses that have made an impact on the community.

Brian Hubbard of Lakehead Constructors Inc. won the Outstanding Young Professional Award, and the Chamber Ambassador of the Year award was presented to Julie Urban of Gavilon Grain for her work on behalf of the organization.

The pool of nominees for this year’s awards was made up of more than 20 local organizations. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges.