The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Business and Citizen of the Year through Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. All nominations need to be in a sealed envelope marked to the attention of the nominating committee, either mailed or delivered to the chamber office at 150 West Roundbunch, Bridge City, TX 77611. Current office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday. However, if no one is there the nomination may place it in the mail slot.

The Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards will be given to a deserving business and citizen in recognition of their outstanding contributions directly to the City of Bridge City/Orangefield Area during the past year. The award recipients will be honored at the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Annual Taste of the Bayou Banquet to be held on January 14, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center.

Criteria for the Business of the Year -The narrative and supportive materials should stress how the business’s volunteer efforts benefited the quality of life within the community, and describe how the nominee displayed exemplary:

• Staying power: A substantiated history as an established business

• Growth in number of employees: A benchmark to judge the impact of the business on the job market.

• Increase in sales and/or unit growth: An indication of continued growth.

• Innovativeness of product or service offered: Illustrations of the creativity and imagination of the nominee.

• Response to adversity: Example of problems faced in the business and the methods used to solve them.

• Evidence of contributions by nominee to aid community oriented projects: The use of personal time and other resources.

• Must be a member of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce.

Include specific projects or committees on which the business was involved, such as an advisory board, recreation project, or other activities.

Criteria for the Citizen of the Year – The narrative and supportive materials should stress how the individual’s volunteer efforts benefited the quality of life within the community, and describe how the nominee displayed exemplary:

• Commitment

• Support

• Skills

• Leadership

• Outreach to Other Citizens

• Desire to Make a Positive Impact in the Community

Include specific projects or committees on which the volunteer was involved, such as an advisory board, recreation project, or other activities.