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Nominations for business awards due
Program set for April 30
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Forsyth County News

Want to nominate?

Anyone interested in nominating a business for this year’s Business Awards Breakfast should contact Jason Mock at jmock@cummingforsythchamber.org or call the chamber at (770) 887-6461 to receive an nomination form.

CUMMING — The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for this year’s Business Awards Breakfast.

The program, which will be held April 30 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, recognizes small businesses for their achievements and contributions to the community. In addition, it offers them a chance to showcase their companies, share stories and be rewarded.

Nominations for this year’s program are due by the close of business on Friday.

Jason Mock, director of the chamber’s Small Business Services Center, said this year’s award program will be different in several ways. First, the event has been moved from February to April to allow more time for nominations.

“We pushed it back and this year it worked out especially well with all the winter storms we’ve had,” Mock said.

“We felt like at the end of last year, when we were asking for nominations, it was kind of tough because people were closing out their books and getting ready for the holidays, so this was the last thing on their minds.

“And then at the beginning of the year, you’re coming back and you’re trying to get things started off on the right foot for a new year, so that was off their mind a little.”

Another change will be the timing.

“Always in the past, we’ve had a luncheon,” Mock said. “But as with everything, you get to the office and everything starts happening and it’s hard to get away sometime … We felt if we did a breakfast it might be a little easier for the business man and woman to come to a breakfast before they even got to the office.”

This year’s nominations process is somewhat different too.

“We’re looking for people just to nominate businesses and then will we send out an application to them asking them some questions,” Mock said. “Then … the Small Business Advisory Council will review those applications and put them in the category that fits their business.

“People were trying to fit themselves in a category and we found that was sometimes very difficult for them and for us, so we said let’s … get as many nominations in as we can and then let us fit them into a category.”

According to Mock, about 50 nominations have come in so far. “We have our last big push this week, so we want to get as many nominations as possible,” he said.