Best of Natchitoches Awards
Best of Natchitoches Awards
Recognizing the Best Natchitoches Has to Offer
For years the Chamber has recognized excellence in business and organizational operation with awards. While the types of awards and the recognition process have changed over the years--evolving into the recently rebranded Best of Natchitoches awards--the objective has remained the same. Our awards celebrate the achievements and leadership of our member businesses and professionals.
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
Anyone can nominate a Chamber member business during the nomination period. 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.
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.
Announcing the Winners
Winners will receive a commemorative trophy to display at their place of business, and a Best of Natchitoches award-specific seal to proudly display on their company website and promotional material. We are returning to an in-person celebration this year, which will take place on Wednesday, May 18th, at the Natchitoches Events Center, from 11 AM - 1 PM. At the Awards Luncheon we will recognize the finalists in each category and announce the winners. We will also recognize this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the NYP 4 Under 40 class, the Teachers of the Year, the Principals of the Year, and the Students of the Year. You can register for the event here.
Rules & Regulations
Business awards are given on an annual basis and are based on the previous calendar year's achievements. Individual awards will consider the cumulative impact of a professional.
A business must be a member in good standing of the Chamber to qualify for nominations. A business may be nominated for multiple awards; a business cannot be a finalist in more than one category. Past winners are ineligible for nomination in their previously awarded category for three years (e.g. if AB Bakery won Best Small Business 2020, they are ineligible for a Best Small Business award through 2023; however, AB Bakery can qualify for other categories such as Best in Food and Beverage). On the fourth year past winners may apply again for the award.
Affiliate offices are eligible for nomination in any category that their parent organization has not already won in the past three years. Multiple affiliate nominees can be submitted, but an organization cannot have multiple affiliates as finalists.
Best Start-up Business
To be considered for this award, nominees' businesses must have been created within the past two years.
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.
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.
2020 Award Winners
2021 Award Winners