Nominations of locally owned businesses are being accepted for the 17th annual Small Business of the Year Awards sponsored by Bank Reale.
The awards from the Pasco, West Richland and Tri-Cities Hispanic chambers of commerce recognize businesses in Benton and Franklin counties with fewer than 60 employees for customer service, commitment to employees and community relations.
Businesses must be for-profit to qualify, and should be the ones that best exemplify honesty, fairness, ethical business practices and concern for employees and customers.
The Micro-Business of the Year is given to locally owned companies with 10 or fewer employees.
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Nominations can be made by any resident in Benton or Franklin counties who is an employee, customer, supplier or regulator of the nominated business. Businesses are encouraged to self-nominate.
Nomination forms may be obtained from the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, or online at: midcolumbiasmallbiz.com. Applications are due March 30.
Awards will be presented May 3 at the Shilo Inn. Reservations to the award presentation can be made through the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, 547-9755 or admin@ pascochamber.org.