Anyone can nominate their favourite businesses in Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose and Fruitvale for the 2017 excellence awards hosted by the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce. Nomination deadlines are Aug. 21, awards will be presented on Sept. 30 in the Fruitvale Memorial Hall.

Nominations open for Greater Trail business awards

The chamber encourages the public to take a few moments and nominate their favourite businesses.

From realtors to restaurants, retailers and everything between – most have a favourite local business they would like to give props and let others know about.

Now’s the time because until Aug. 21, the Trail and District Chamber has opened nominations for its 2017 Business Excellence Awards.

There’s 10 categories for the public and business community to consider from the 250-plus chamber members and any other non-chamber enterprise in Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose and Fruitvale – provided they are operating with a valid business licence.

Local organizations including for-profit and nonprofits are also eligible.

“The chamber wants to acknowledge the very best in our business community, and we need your nominations to tell us who has wowed you,” says Executive Director Audry Durham. “There’s a wide range of awards so that all of our businesses and business people can qualify, so please show your support and nominate today for our third annual Business Excellence Awards.”

Anyone can nominate for categories that range from Business Person of the Year and Employer of the Year to awards for tourism, customer and professional service, Excellence under 40, community impact and emerging entrepreneur.

Nomination packages can be picked up in the chamber office at 1199 Bay Avenue (second floor above TD Bank) or accessed 24/7 on the chamber’s website, trailchamber.bc.ca.

“Last year we had over 450 businesses nominated for the 10 categories,” said Durham. “And this year we hope to surpass that number.”

Winners will be announced during “A Celebration of Success,” the chamber’s third annual Business Excellence Awards gala slated for Sept. 30 in the Fruitvale Memorial Hall.

“It’s an opportunity for our business leaders to be recognized for the work they do to make our communities a better place to live,” Durham said.

“Our local businesses are the bricks and mortar of our communities and every year they support events and countless community fundraisers. As a way to show our appreciation, I would like to encourage the community members to take a few minutes of their time to nominate a business that has gone above and beyond in delivering services or products this past year.”

The gala event is an opportunity to celebrate the area’s business excellence with an awards ceremony, live music, a five-course gourmet dinner and a silent auction featuring BC Adventures.

“Last year, over 150 business people attended the awards celebration from our Greater Trail communities,” Durham added.

“The Business Excellence Awards are an opportunity for businesses and service organizations alike to celebrate the great work they have done over the past year to make our communities a better place to live.”

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