Nominations open for best in Valley business

It’s time to send in your nominations for excellence in business and customer service.

The Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for its 19th annual Black Tie Awards.

Nominations opened Dec. 5 and will be accepted until Jan. 31.

The awards banquet and auction takes place April 11.

The Black Tie Awards is a community event put on by the chamber but both chamber members and non-members are eligible for nomination.

For the first time this year, nominees will be automatically notified that they have received a nomination.

Categories include Customer Service, Volunteer of the Year, Young Entrepreneur Award, Business Achievement (with sub-sections for businesses of different sizes), Green Business Award, and

Art in Business.

The chamber uses a form with standardized scoring for deciding

the award winners.

Then the three finalists have an in-person interview with a pair of judges.

So, if you have thought about nominating a person or a business, why not do it now?

You can easily start by visiting www.duncancc.bc.ca/pages/Black-TieAwards/and following the directions there.

You can submit your nomination with an online form or download the form and submit it by fax to 250-746-8222 or email chamber@duncancc.bc.ca or take a hard copy to the chamber office.

It’s located at the new Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre, 2896 Drinkwater Rd., adjacent the BC Forest Discovery Centre so if you haven’t seen that great facility yet, here’s your chance.

The Black Tie Awards take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Crooks Hall at Brentwood College School.