he Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring three contests: the Holiday Decorating Contest, Holiday Raffle and Awards of Excellence.
To recognize the hard work of Key Biscayne businesses to “deck the halls,” the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Storefront Display and Inside Decorating contests this holiday season.
“So many of our businesses go out of their way to provide wonderful holiday decorations for the enjoyment of the rest of the community,” said Karen Llorente of the Chamber Marketing Committee. “We want to recognize those efforts.”
The Storefront Display and Inside Decorating contests encourage Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce members to get into the spirit of the season by decorating their storefronts and/or the inside of their businesses.
The Storefront Display and Inside Decorating contests are open to all Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce members. Beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 30 – also known nationwide as Small Business Saturday – judges will be visiting local businesses to select the best holiday display.
Judges are Naydu Commenoz of Commenoz Gallery, Tom Weber of Weber Architects and Jennifer Medina of the Village Manager’s Office.
Awards for first-, second- and third-place and honorable mention in each category will be given out Monday, December 16, and announced in the Thursday, December 19, edition of The Islander News.
If you would like to have your storefront or business interior considered for this contest, visit www.keybiscaynechamber.org or call the Chamber at 305-361-5207.
Make a purchase at a participating Chamber of Commerce business and you could win $500.
Participating merchants have signs in the front windows reading “Holiday Raffle.” After making a purchase, each customer will be given a raffle ticket to fill out. The winner will be selected after the first of the year and will receive $500.
Awards of Excellence
Then deadline for businesses to nominate themselves for the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence is Saturday, December 7.
Voting will take place until January 7, 2014. Businesses must be members of the Chamber of Commerce to participate.
“This gives our businesses tremendous exposure,” said Awards of Excellence co-chair Paola Padovan. “It is an exciting time for us.”
Last year, more than 2,500 votes were cast.
Businesses can nominate themselves in up to four categories for $25 each nomination.
“For a $25 nomination fee, our businesses receive widespread recognition,” explained Padovan. According to Padovan, winners will be featured in The Islander News, Island Life magazine, on the Chamber’s website and in various other social media.
Categories are Retailer, Restaurant, Financial Services and Insurance, Environmental or Innovative Practice, Realtors-Individual, Home Services, Tourism and Recreation, Healthcare, Medical and Fitness, Media, Communication and Print, Professional Service and Business of the Year.
Winners will be announced at the Awards of Excellence Ceremony January 16.
Padovan and Gabriel Chavarria are co-chairs of the event.
For more information, call 305-361-5207.