Tickets selling fast for Lismore Business Excellence Awards
THE Crowe Howarth Lismore Business Excellence Awards are drawing closer and this year's event will look a bit different with a new venue and some activities for guests.
Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry events chairperson Nancy Casson said guests should expect a touch of Hollywood glamour.
"We're going to have a red carpet so there will be photographers set up taking photos of guests as they arrive... a bit like the Logies," she said.
Ms Casson said the August 1 event would be held at the Lismore Showground, instead of the traditional venue of Lismore City Hall, because of an increase in the number of tickets sold.
"We've sold 250 tickets so far but there's two weeks to go," Ms Casson said.
"We're expecting around 300 people on the night."
The evening will feature best dressed male and female prizes as well as live music from Inside Outlaw, bagpipes to start the evening and catering by La Vida Bar and Restaurant.
Show Society secretary Molly Patch bought tickets to the event and said she was most looking forward to seeing the old Showgrounds pavilion decked out and full of people.
"It's such a big, empty, open space and I'm really excited to see how it will be put together," she said.
"It's the rustic barnyard look they're going for which suits the showgrounds really well."
Tickets are still available and are on sale to anyone looking to meet the people behind local businesses and of course have a night of fun.
Chamber of Commerce president Ellen Krohen said awards like this highlight the important work businesses do in the community.
"Small business keeps the economies of cities like Lismore alive, providing jobs and opportunities for locals and their families," Ms Krohen said.
"The awards are a way of promoting these businesses and their staff and the quality of this year's entries is astounding."
Judges are now sifting through more than 40 business entries to decide the winners of 10 different categories as well as the overall Business of the Year award.
The winner of the Northern Star sponsored People's Choice Award will also be announced at the ceremony.