Nominations for the Bega Valley Business Awards close today (Friday, May 12).
Over 500 nominations have already been made for businesses in what will be inaugural the Bega Valley Business Awards.
While individual Chambers from Cobargo, Bega, Tathra, Merimbula, Pambula and Eden have held their own business awards in the past, this is the first time there has been shire wide awards ceremony.
The Bega Valley Business Forum which represents the six Chambers in the Bega Valley will put on the awards at Club Sapphire in Merimbula on Saturday June 17.
Any business or organisation operating in the Bega Valley can be nominated for an award within 14 categories.
There are also four categories available to nominate individuals in Outstanding Male Employee, Outstanding Female Employee, Outstanding Business Leader and Outstanding Young Business Leader.
Nominations can be made via the Bega Valley Business website or in person at various locations across the shire.
Chair of the Bega Valley Business Forum, Nigel Ayling said after nominations close, judges would go to work assessing the finalists.
“There will be a number of factors the judges will be looking for and it’s not just how many nominations a business gets,” Mr Ayling said.
“There will be three finalists announced for each category on May 18 then tickets will go on sale from 25 May,” he continued.
“We will have to restrict ticket sales to finalists to ensure every business gets a chance to attend.”
Event organizer Amanda Watkin said everything was coming together for the big event which will be held on the third Saturday in June.
“We are expecting around 300 attendees from around 50 businesses,” Ms Watkin said.
“It will be a Black Tie event with a sit down 3 course menu and entertainment so it will be a great chance for everyone to get dressed up and celebrate the success of our local businesses,” she added.
“Winners can even go on to nominate for the Business NSW state business awards.”
Local radio station Power FM Bega Bay and the Bega District News have jumped on board as media partners for the event with Power FM Breakfast Announcer and Content Director, Brad Blissett, to MC the event.
For more information or to make a nomination visit begavalleybusiness.com.au
You can also make nominations in person at:
- Merimbula – Coast Property Group – 2/20 Market St
- Tathra – Post Office
- Pambula – Health Within – 2/23 Quondola St
- Bega – ANZ Bank – 176 Carp Street
- Cobargo Information Centre – 52-54 Princes Highway
- Eden – Eden Antiques – 209 Imlay St
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