THE voting has closed and the judging is nearly done, so now it's just about time for Clarence Valley businesses to celebrate their success.
It's just a few weeks until the glamorous Daily Examiner Clarence Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner and organisers are thrilled with how well the build-up has gone.
Overseer of marketing and promotions for the awards Erica Fletcher said she had been bowled over by the level of participation in this year's awards
"I'm really pleased with how the awards are going this year," Ms Fletcher said. "Numerous Clarence Valley businesses showed their generosity by sponsoring the awards, without which the awards could not have proceeded.
"Twenty-three businesses from across the Clarence Valley submitted an application for a category award and the newly created People's Choice Award sparked a lot of interest.
"Participating businesses enjoyed interacting with their customers in a new way and got excited about their business.
"I'm really looking forward to getting dressed up for the awards presentation dinner on 21 September and celebrating with some of the best businesses in the Clarence Valley."
The newly created Daily Examiner People's Choice Award saw businesses receive more than 1600 votes in the initial heat, with 107 businesses nominated, and votes are still being counted for the top 10. Voting closed August 16.
Ms Fletcher said entries in all other categories were also up on last year and judging of the Retail, Professional Service; Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Entertainment; Trade, Industry and Manufacturing; and New Business awards would start this week. All winners will be announced at the gala presentation dinner at the Yamba Bowling Club.
See today's daily Examiner for a sanpshot of the 23 finalists.
THE top 10 PEOPLE'S CHOICE business of the year nominees, as voted by you and in alphabetical order:
Angourie Vet Surgery
Dimattia Hair, Grafton
Farmer Lou's, South Grafton
Kitchen to Table, Yamba
One Fine Cup, Yamba
Pureshine Hair, Yamba
Raine & Horne, Yamba
Yamba Bread Shop, Yamba Fair
The presentation dinner will be held on September 21 and tickets are on sale until September13 from all CHESS Employment offices - 149 Prince St, Grafton; 32 Coldstream St, Yamba; and 20 River St, Maclean.
A bus will be provided from Grafton and Maclean.
Sponsors of the Daily Examiner Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards are The Daily Examiner, Mareeba Aged Care, CHESS Employment, Clarence Valley Council, Yamba District Chamber of Commerce, Maclean Chamber of Commerce, North Coast TAFE, Nortec Employment and Training, 2GF, 104.7 and TLC 100.3FM.