Chamber seeks nominations for 2018 ESBY Awards

By on February 1, 2018

 The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2018 Entrepreneur & Small Business of the Year (ESBY) Awards. The awards will be presented at the annual ESBY Breakfast, set for 8 a.m. Tuesday, March20, at Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills.

ESBY awards recognize successful business ventures in four categories:  Solopreneur, Home-Based Business, Companies with 10 or fewer employees, and Companies with 11-50 employees.

Eligible applicants must have been in business in the Outer Banks area (Dare County, Currituck County or Ocracoke Island) for at least two years and must be members in good standing of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. Nominees will be evaluated based on their business stability, challenges and growth, customer service practices, marketing strategies and community involvement.

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“We are looking for those that stand out above the rest,” said Chamber Chairman of the Board Bob Peele. “These awards recognize community partners that make the Outer Banks a great place to live and work.”

A panel of judges from nearby colleges and chambers of commerce from around the United States will judge the applications.

The deadline for ESBY nominations is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Applications may be obtained online at Outer Banks Chamber. In addition, printed forms are available at the Chamber office in Kill Devil Hills.

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