Nominations for outstanding local businesses have been flowing thick and fast for the upcoming Moira Shire Business Excellence Awards.
About 110 nominations have been received, not counting duplicates, which council said was fairly consistent with the number of nominations received for the previous event in 2015.
Businesses now have until February 24 to accept their nominations formally, before an independent expert panel assesses the nominations.
This year, council introduced a number of new and re-branded categories, including Excellence in e-business, Excellence in Local Produce and Good Access is Good Business, which have been supported by nominations in the categories.
A number of nominations have been received for businesses that haven’t been nominated previously, but also for a number of past winners.
Moira Shire’s economic development manager Jane O’Brien said council was really pleased with how the event was shaping up.
‘‘We’re very pleased to see that people and local businesses are still interested and supporting the event,’’ she said.
‘‘The number of nominations is a reflection on the business community and their interest in achieving excellence in their standards, and to attend a great networking opportunity with some great key speakers.’’
Tickets for the awards event, to be held on Friday, May 26 at the Yarrawonga Town Hall, will go on sale on March 6 from council’s website at an early-bird price of $70.
About 280 people attended the 2015 event, up on previous years.
The evening’s emcee will be Yarrawonga AIM breakfast host Tracie Holgate, while The Gruen Transfer panellist and Australian strategic think tank business The Impossible Institute co-founder Dan Gregory will be the evening’s guest speaker.
In Cobram, businesses who have been nominated and completed their acceptance include: KAFs Fruit Supply (Excellence in Local Produce and Excellence in Retail/Customer Service), Big Mumma’s Kitchen (Excellence in Tourism/Hospitality), Head Start Academic Tuition (Excellence in Professional Services), Alnatural (Excellence in Professional Services) and Mogg Osborne (Excellence in Professional Services).
In Strathmerton, the Gazebo Motor Inn has also been nomination for Excellence in Tourism/Hospitality.