"We are excited about this year's event and want to communicate our plans with Chamber members and the Zachary community," said Mark Marionneaux, event chairman/Chamber board member, Kate MacArthur, Executive Director of Economic Development and Dr. Jason St. Romain, 2012 Chamber President.
The Chamber Business Awards are held in conjunction with the annual banquet. In the past, the board has relied on each member to nominate other businesses they felt are deserving of the awards.
"As we did last year, we want to hear about our members, and we strongly encourage each member to complete a business profile and submit it to the Chamber office," said Marionneaux.
The deadline for submitting profiles is Wednesday, Oct. 3. The form is short and takes only a few minutes to complete. You can also nominate other members. To do so, e-mail the member or business name to Charmaine Efferson at firstname.lastname@example.org before 4 p.m.
Forms can be downloaded at zacharychamber.com. Look under 'Chamber Spotlight' and click on the red 'Banquet Packet' link.
Any individual or business that is a current member of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce is eligible. You can nominate yourself.
Semi-finalists will be announced prior to the banquet, and finalists will be sealed then revealed Oct. 18 at the banquet.
A committee of five makes up the judges and will include: the Chamber Executive Director, Chamber Board President, Banquet Chairman, previous Business Person of the Year winner and a Chamber Ambassador.
Guest speaker at this year's banquet will be Dan Borne', President of the La. Chemical Association. He has also been the public address announcer at Tiger Stadium for 26 years and at the Pete Maravich Center for 24 years.
Returning emcee is Gordy Rush, former LSU Tiger and General Manager of Guaranty Broadcasting.
Back by popular demand, is the Chamber banquet silent auction. If you would like to donate item(s), please contact Danette Castello at 603-6136 or via e-mail email@example.com. You may also drop-off items at Danette's office, 4257 Church St., Suite 107, as long as they are labeled and can be tracked back to the donating person/business.
"We have some great items already! Our banquet is going to be another huge success this year, and we hope all of our members can make it," said Charmaine Efferson, Chamber secretary.
If you haven't already done so, get your tickets now while they last. Visit http://zachary.chambermaster.com/events/details/membership-and-awards-banquet-1120 to purchase online.
In addition, Sammy's Grill will be catering a delicious steak dinner, and wine and beer will be complimentary, but a cash bar will also be offered for mixed drinks.
This year's awards will be given in the following categories:
• Company of the Year
Criteria: Significant business and community achievements during past year, company must be based and/or have major operation in the greater Zachary area)
Small (1-10 employees)
Large (More than 40 employees)
• Business Person of the Year
Criteria: Person who has made remarkable/memorable achievements during the past year or who has had a positive impact on Zachary. Person exemplifies Chamber's core values.
• New Business of the Year
Criteria: Company opened in last year, contributed significantly to community and had remarkable first year of operation.
• Volunteer of the Year (Rotary Club)
Criteria: Individual who has devoted time to charitable work - not just financial donations - to Zachary community; exemplifies "service above self" and work has made significant difference.
• Zachary Chamber Hall of Distinction
Criteria: Designated to person whose life/career embodies core values of Chamber: Community, Excellence, Faith and Family. Person may be inducted posthumously.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Charmaine Efferson at 654-6777, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or see page 5 of the Banquet packet which can be downloaded at zacharychamber.com.