The Minnesota Job Honor Awards is accepting nominations for its second annual event scheduled for May 9 in the Twin Cities, hosted by the Minnesota Chamber. The awards celebrate "A New Kind of Hero" - Minnesotans who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them.

Nominations are due February 16 and can be submitted at

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"Minnesota employers continue to seek new solutions to our state's workforce shortage," said Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber president. "Finding qualified workers is a persistent challenge among companies of all types and sizes. The Minnesota Job Honor Awards is one way to engage our state's untapped workforce by shining a spotlight on success stories."

Previous honorees have overcome physical and mental disabilities, criminal convictions and immigrant/refugee status in their struggle for employment. Last year's honoree videos can also be viewed at the Job Honors website.

"Our society celebrates lottery winners, movie stars and professional athletes," said Kyle Horn, founder and director of America's Job Honor Awards. "We rarely hear inspiring stories of individuals whose lives are transformed through the hard work and perseverance that leads to meaningful employment. It's time for a new kind of hero."

America's Job Honor Awards was founded in Iowa in 2014 and is spreading nationwide. Lead sponsor is ManpowerGroup, world leader in innovative workforce solutions.