• Best of Natchitoches Awards

  • Recognizing the Best Natchitoches Has to Offer

    For years, the Chamber has recognized the "best" in business at the Annual Awards Banquet. As of 2021, we are excited to announce that our Awards process is getting a refresh and a rebrand. We are proud to present the "Best of Natchitoches" awards, an online campaign championing the achievements of our member businesses.

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  • The Process

    The process for nominating and voting for online awards looks very similar to when we were holding the event in person.

    Criteria

    The criteria for nominees for the Best of Natchitoches awards are as follows:

    Company management  •  Community service  •  Economic stability  •  Ethics and integrity  •  Growth of company  •  New jobs created for the community  •  Upward mobility for employees

    Nominations

    Once online nominations have been opened, anyone can nominate a Chamber member business. Nominations will be open for two weeks. Nominees will then be contacted to submit a write-up, and will be recognized on social media. A cross panel of business professionals will then review the nominees' submissions, and select the finalists for each category based on specific award criteria. Finalists will then be contacted and announced to the membership and the community via a press release, email to the membership, and social media. 

  • Voting

    Following the announcement of the finalists, we will open up online voting. Voting is open to the public, and voters can cast their vote more than once. This is a time for finalists to showcase their nomination and solicit votes. 

    Voting was open until midnight on Sunday, May 23rd. 

     

  • Announcing the Winners

    The Chamber will host a special Facebook live event to announce the first-ever Best of Natchitoches recipients. Winners will receive a commemorative trophy to display at their place of business, a Best of Natchitoches award-specific seal to proudly display on their company website and promotional material, and a custom, Best of Natchitoches company profile video, which will be distributed on Chamber media channels and will live on the Chamber website and YouTube channel in perpetuity. 

    Tune into the Facebook livestream event on Thursday, June 3, at 5:00 PM.

     

  • The Awards

    A business may be nominated for multiple awards; a business cannot be a finalist in more than one category. 

    Business Awards

    Best Start-up Business

    To be considered for this award, nominees' businesses must have been created within the past two years. 

    Best Non-Profit

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must hold a 501c3 classification.

    Best Online Presence

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must have a strong online presence/brand.

    Best of Health & Wellness

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must be categorized as a medical, fitness, or nutrition business. 

    Best of Medical Services

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must be categorized as a medical practice. 

    Best of Food & Beverage

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must be categorized as a restaurant, caterer, liquor store, or nutrition business.

    Best of Professional Services

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must be categorized as a professional services business (i.e. a business in the service sector requiring special training). 

    Best of Public Services

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must be an organization/entity that serves the public in an official capacity.

    Best of Lodging

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must be categorized as a hotel, resort or bed and breakfast.

    Best of Retail

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must be categorized as a retail business. 

    Best of Financial Services

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must be in the business of banking, investing, or insurance. 

    Best of Manufacturing

    To be considered for this award, a nominee must be a manufacturer.

    Individual Awards

    4 Under 40 (nominations and committee vote only)**

    To be considered for a 4 Under 40 award, nominees must be between the ages of 21 and 40. This award is meant to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young professional leaders--and up and coming young professional leaders--within the business community. 

    Lifetime Achievement Award (nominations and committee vote only)**

    Through this award, we seek to identify a leader whose long-term active engagement in our community has had a significant, positive economic impact locally. A Lifetime Achievement Award winner is a successful leader in a company, industry and in our community. Further, the Lifetime Award allows us to recognize a true pillar who will teach future generations by example. This award recognizes contributions over the entirety of a career, rather than, or in addition to, a single contribution.