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Tahoe Chamber accepting Blue Ribbon Award nominations through Friday

Sebastian Foltz
sfoltz@tahoedailytribune.com
Tahoe Chamber members and Blue Ribbon Award nominees gather at the 2014 Blue Ribbon Award banquet last year. Nominations for this year's awards are due Friday, Oct. 16, at noon. The awards will be announced at a banquet Nov. 12.
Courtesy / Tahoe Chamber |

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for its 2015 Blue Ribbon Awards. The annual awards acknowledge businesses for accomplishments in seven different categories. Businesses do not need to be chamber members to win.

“We hold Blue Ribbon Award winners to a certain standard and we, in the business community, look to them as examples of good business practices,” chamber president and CEO B Gorman said of the selection process.

Chamber communications coordinator Shannon Earley added, “The awards program sets the bar really high and encourages other businesses to step it up when it comes to their customer service, experience or green practices, etc.”

Seven categories include awards for tourism-based businesses, entrepreneurship, customer service and green practices. Nominations will remain open until Friday, Oct. 16, at noon. Chamber officials encourage individuals to nominate any local business that has mad a “lasting impression and impact on the community.” Nominations can be made online at http://www.tahoechamber.org. Those who nominate businesses are required to explain the reason for their nomination in some detail.

Nominees will be announced later this month. Finalists will then by evaluated by a Blue Ribbon Awards Committee composed of local business men and women, past winners and chamber members.

“It’s pretty intensive,” Earley said. “They do the research and make sure they select the right person (or business).”

The process even includes unannounced undercover visits nominees’ business.

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the 8th annnual Blue Ribbon Awards ceremony at MontBleu Resort, Nov. 12. Tickets to the awards ceremony and banquet are also available at http://www.tahoechamber.org.

Winners will receive one free membership with the Tahoe Chamber along with an award to display at their business and continuous recognition throughout the year for their continuations to the local business community.


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