It’s time for Best of Grand. It’s a big deal. But what is it all about?
What’s your favorite spot for après ski? How about the best place to grab a burger? Any thoughts on the top spot to get your car serviced?
For years Sky-Hi News has asked Grand County to help us acknowledge its favorite places in our annual Best of Grand contest. The response is usually large, and the field of nominees quite competitive.
Best of Grand not only guides people on what the best places are around the county, it bolsters local business and organizations; it supports individuals who seek to make a difference or provide truly exemplary customer service or top-of-the-line products.
People who win truly are proud of what they have accomplished. It’s a tangible symbol of their hard work and dedication, not only to their work but also to their communities.
I was introduced to Best of Grand when I started as editor last year. As I made my way around the county, exploring local businesses, I spotted Best of Grand awards hanging at various locations. Some had a whole wall dedicated to these awards from prior years, some had just one or two, but cherished them with beautiful framing or prominent placement.
It’s not about whether or not a business has been a longtime mainstay of the community or just recently opened, any business can win. That’s the beauty of this contest: it levels the playing field and spotlights all different kinds of businesses.
Best of Grand is a chance to thank the businesses you frequent, those you find deserving. Sometimes it’s taken for granted that actual people run these businesses, people who also often tirelessly support where they live and work, whether it be publicly or from behind the scenes.
It’s about raising up that hardworking maintenance man or selfless teacher to be recognized by the whole community. It typically leads to a bump in business for the winners, but also serves as motivation to go the extra mile.
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How it works
Nominations for this year’s Best of Grand kicked off Monday and will run through Aug. 1. Any local business, organization or individual is eligible to be nominated. The process is simple and entirely online on our website, skyhinews.com/bestofgrand.
The key is to be nominated more than once to ensure your place on the voting ballot.
To guarantee the process is fair and that everyone gets an equal shot, the only moderation we do on our end is to verify these places and people exist and are within Grand County.
Once the nomination period closes, the Top 10 businesses with the most nominations in each subcategory — Top 20 for restaurants — will move on to the voting ballot.
Then, beginning Aug. 15, people can cast their vote on our website for whatever nominees they consider to be the best of Grand County. Whether you’re a longtime local, a brand new resident or a seasonal visitor, everyone gets the opportunity to vote. It’s truly in the public’s hands to determine what’s considered Best of Grand.
Each person gets one vote per subcategory. Voting ends Sept. 15.
The Top 3 winners in each subcategory are published and some profiled in our Best of Grand publication that hits newsstands in late October. Sky-Hi News holds a special reception for the winners a few days ahead of publicly announcing all the winners. This is a chance for us to honor the businesses, organizations and individuals who were voted the best of the best.
Nominations are now open at http://www.skyhinews.com/bestofgrand.
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