Best in Biz Awards

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations until midnight on Dec. 13 for the Livingston Parish Business of the Year awards. The awards highlight outstanding businesses that follow best practices and positively impact both the economy and community of Livingston Parish.

To nominate a business, follow this guideline plus note important dates:

1. Complete and submit the nomination form found HERE, by December 13, 2018. No exceptions.

2. Nominated businesses will be sent a Business Overview - Application immediately following the nomination deadline. Businesses must complete the application to be considered for the award by January 3, 2019.

3. Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, with over 200 attendees.

You can nominate your own business or another business. Please note that once a business is nominated they will be required to complete a Business Overview to continue the award process. The Business Overview allows the business to tell their own story and successes highlighting each of the criteria listed below for each business. Once a nominee accepts the nomination, the form for the Business Overview will be sent to the nominated business. Awards are judged by an independent group outside the state of Louisiana. All deadlines are firm and nominations will not be accepted after the deadline.

Previous winners must wait 7 years before eligibility is restored.

Award categories include Small Business of the Year; Medium Business of the Year; Large Business of the Year; and Community Impact Award.

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

1. Nominee must be an active business with a location in Livingston Parish.

2. Nominee must be a member in good standing with the Chamber of Commerce.

3. Nominee must have been in business for at least 3 years.

4. Nominee must be an independently owned business.

5. Nominee must have demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics:

• Revenue growth and / or jobs growth.

• Annual revenue of less than two million and 20 or less employees

• Innovative products or services

• Provides exemplary customer service

• Encourages and provides professional development of staff.

• Volunteers in the Livingston Parish community

MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

1. Nominee must be an active business with a location in Livingston Parish.

2. Nominee must be a member in good standing with the Chamber of Commerce.

3. Nominee must have been in business for at least 3 years.

4. Nominee must be an independently owned business.

5. Nominee must have demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics:

• Revenue and / or jobs growth / creation

• Revenue between 2 million and 20 million annually with 50 or less employees.

• Innovative products or services

• Provides exemplary customer service

• Encourages and provides professional development of staff

• Volunteers in the Livingston Parish community

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

1. Nominee must be an active business with a location in Livingston Parish.

2. Nominee must be a member in good standing with the Chamber of Commerce.

3. Nominee must have been in business for at least 3 years.

4. Nominee must have demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics:

• Revenue and / or jobs growth / creation

• Revenue of 20 million or more annually with 50 or more employees.

• Innovative products or services

• Provides exemplary customer service

• Encourages and provides professional development of staff

• Volunteers in the Livingston Parish community

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR AWARD – (COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD)

1. Nominee must be an active 501-C3 organization operating in Livingston Parish.

2. Nominee must be a member in good standing with the Chamber of Commerce.

3. Nominee must have been in operation for at least 3 years.

4. Nominee must have shown exemplary support to Livingston Parish area

5. Nominee must have demonstrated the following:

• Demonstrate outstanding contributions to the community or provide quantitative results of the initiative.

• Nominee must have shown the impact, supporting data and need of the organization’s work.

• Nominee must have shown organizational excellence and responsibility to stakeholders.

• Mission statement of the non-profit organization must be provided.

Applications will be judged out of state and the winners will be announced at the Livingston Parish Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Jan. 23. Past winners include Jefferson Financial FCU, Gator Millworks and Stewart Family Medicine.

For more information or to nominate a business, visit the Livingston Parish Chamber website at www.livingstonparishchamber.org.

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