Blue ribbon awards to be held |

Blue ribbon awards to be held

Isaac Brambila

More than 175 nominees will be hopeful to hear their name called at the Tahoe Chamber’s 2014 Blue Ribbon Awards on Nov. 13.

During the award ceremony, which will be held at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Chamber will recognize businesses and individual nominees in eight categories.

The most contested category is Customers Service (Business), with 42 nominees. According to the Chamber’s website, the award will be given to a person who is considered the best at consistently providing quality service.

Last year, the award went to Luke Bronken of Lakeside Inn & Casino.

The second-most contested category is the Entrepreneur Award, which is awarded to the person who best assumed the risk of starting a new business. The business must have been in existence for a minimum of 2 years and should have a business plan in place. The committee will choose the best out of 22 nominees.

The current holder of the award is Tahoe Sports Entertainment.

The experience award, presented to the Business that provides the most compelling and captivating experiences, will be disputed between 19 nominees. Currently, the holder of the award is Lake Tahoe Yoga.

Fifteen businesses will be competing for the Tourism Award. The award is presented to the business with the most innovative program, promotion or product for tourists. Bike the West was presented with the award last year.

The geotourism category has 12 nominees vying for the recognition. The award is given to the organization that best provides an authentic Tahoe experience. Last year, the award went to the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association.

The Customer Service (public agency) award will be presented to one of nine nominees. In 2013, the award went to Leah Brown of Child Protective Services. The award is given to the public employee that provides the best quality service.

In one of the least contested awards, four businesses will be hoping their name is called out in the Wendell Award for a Small Green Business category.

The award rewards the business that most minimizes its impact on the environment. Tahoe Beach & Ski Club was awarded in that category during the last edition.

In the last category, the Large Green Business Award, Sierra-at-Tahoe will be looking to retain its top-status after winning the award last year. Sierra-at-Tahoe is one of two business nominated in the category.

The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Nov. 13 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. For a full list of the nominees, visit Tickets for the ceremony will remain on sale at the Tahoe Camber website until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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