The 2011 Business of the Year Awards nominations have opened at the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce.
The Business of the Year Awards is held annually in conjunction with Small Business Week. There are three categories for awards which are presented to exceptional businesses within the Red Deer area.
The categories include Business of the Year for businesses with one to 15 full-time equivalent employees; Business of the Year for businesses with 16 to 49 full-time equivalent employees and Business of the Year for companies with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees.
All companies, Chamber members and non-members are eligible to apply for an award in their respective category.
Three finalists in each category will be announced the week prior to the Business of the Year Awards event, with selection based on the following criteria: customer service, growth, awards, innovative approach to market or product development, media recognition, outstanding features, future expectations and contributions to the community.
Nominations are open May 30th to July 29th. Forms can be obtained at the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce office or online at www.reddeerchamber.com.
The Business of the Year Award event will be held on Oct. 19th at the Red Deer College Arts Centre.