Nomination deadline nears for Hope business awards

Two new categories added this year to recognize the trades industry and home-based businesses

Time is running out to submit nominations for the 2012 Business Excellence Awards.

Presented by the Hope & District Chamber of Commerce, the event gives residents a chance to recognize the  local business sector.

“It’s simply a way to acknowledge the successful businesses in Hope that are going an extra step for customer service,” said Chamber president Glen Ogren.

There are 10 categories this year, including two new ones for the trade industry and home based businesses. The trade award will be handed out to a business that consistently demonstrates excellence in their performance. This category includes automotive, construction, plumbing/heating, electrical, HVAC and landscaping. The home based business award is given to a business that shows outstanding characteristics in areas such as performance, leadership, innovation, management, marketing and service.

“The trades are a vital service for our community,” said Ogren. “With home based businesses, you don’t see them every day but a lot of them are doing some really quality customer service that I think has to be recognized.”

Entry forms and award criteria are available in the *The Hope Standard* or at the Chamber office at 419 Wallace St. Completed nominations can also be dropped off at both locations. Nomination deadline is Sept. 28.

As an added incentive to encourage participation in Business Excellence Awards, nominators have the chance to win $200 in Chamber bucks.

Once the nomination period closes, entries will be tallied up and the top three nominees in each category will be interviewed at their place of business by an independent panel. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on Oct. 18 at the Hope Legion. The event includes dinner, entertainment and awards.

Gala tickets are on sale now for $40 per person or $280 for a table of eight. They are available at the Chamber office or by calling 604-869-3111.