Creston NewsNews The Creston Valley Business Awards return SHARE ON: Jensen Shields, staff Wednesday, Jan. 30th, 2019 (image courtesy of the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce) The resurrected Creston Valley Business Awards will take place February 23rd, honoring local businesses in eight different categories. The top three finalists in each category will be chosen by ballots only found in the Creston Valley Advance and the winners of each category will be chosen by the $40 ticket holders. The categories are: Best In Customer Service – A retail business that provides its customers with a consistent excellence in service that goes beyond customer expectations. It also encourages its staff to meet the changing customer needs and stands behind its product or service with minimum customer inconvenience. Best in Professional Services – This accredited business must exemplify professionalism, and integrity. This category is limited to the professional company, not the individual employee or contractor. Best in Hospitality and Tourism – This business has demonstrated a superior ability to satisfy visitor’s expectations through their services and/or products. This business provides and promotes an outstanding visitor experience and actively encourages the growth of the Creston Valley. Best in Trades and Service – Awarded to a Trade and Service business that has demonstrated superior quality in all aspects of business operation, and shows a commitment to the community through its involvement. Best in Arts and Culture – This award will be presented to the individual, organization or business that has demonstrated sustained support of arts, culture and heritage during the past year. Non-Profit of the Year – A not-for-profit organization that has recognized a need within our community, and who through community responsibility, innovation, growth, sound business practices and community partnerships has served our community with vision and integrity. Employer of the Year – A business owner or manager who creates a positive, fair and supportive environment for all employees, while maintaining and even exceeding employment standards and safety policies. This employer models integrity and excellent communication skills. (Nominations should be accompanied by your comments as to why this employer deserves this award). Chamber Business Excellence – A business that has been in operation for more than 5 years and has consistently offered outstanding service and/or product to its customers and displays a strong commitment to community involvement. A business that contributes to the social, recreational, cultural, and overall well-being of the community. (Only Chamber Members Can Vote on This Award Through A Special Email Ballot) The gala will be hosted by Chamber Vice President Brian Lawrence in the Creston Room at the Creston and District Community Complex and will feature a variety of events and speakers. “All of our (Chamber of Commerce) platinum sponsors have been invited to speak,” Lawrence Explains. “But mainly, the event, we just wanted to keep it as light and fun as possible. So you’ll have your cocktail hour which is when you get to do your voting, Then your dinner and dessert. By then the awards will be added up and we’ll give them out and you’ll be able to spend the rest of the evening dancing to the community band.” Lawrence says he’s excited to see who the finalists will be and what the competition will be like at the the gala. For more details on how to vote, what the categories will be and any other information you might need, follow this link.