It’s time once again to recognize local businesses for their contributions to Castlegar.
The 19th annual Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards will be held Saturday, June 18, and the chamber is looking for nominations in 12 categories.
“We feel it’s really important for businesses that have done exceptional work in the community to be recognized,” says Tammy Verigin-Burk, executive director of the chamber. “The other side of it is that we really promote the business awards as an opportunity for people just to come out and celebrate business in Castlegar and district.”
The last three categories of the list (grey box below) are new this year, and were created because of feedback the chamber received from the community.
“They felt that it would be really important to recognize the home based business, because quite often store fronts are very visible,” says Verigin-Burk. “So it was by the request of the community and our chamber members that we add on that one.”
Similarly, it was important to recognize those who were not necessarily business owners, but contributed to running a business, and to recognize restaurants in their own category.
Once the nominations are in, the list of nominees will be mailed out to the chamber’s constant contact list, which is distributed to chamber members or those who request to be on the list. Those individuals who receive the list of nominees will each vote once to help decide the winners.
The venue and caterer for the awards evening changes each year, giving the chamber the chance to highlight different venues and caterers in the community. This year the event will take place at the Fireside Inn with food provided by the Grand Buddha Bistro.
To be nominated a business must have been established for at least 12 months. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Castlegar Visitor Centre. The deadline is Thursday, May 12.
The chamber is also looking for sponsors for the awards. Anyone interested can contact Verigin-Burk at 250-365-6313.