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NEWTON, NC (June 27, 2018)—The Newton Business Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for outstanding businesspeople and businesses to honor for their contributions to the city.

The mission of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) is to advise Newton City Council on business issues that impact the city including retail, commercial, downtown, and residential development; ordinances and codes to support development and redevelopment; investments needed by the public and private sectors to carry out development and redevelopment projects; and potential incentives to attract new business investment.

In order to celebrate the role of Newton’s businesses and their leaders, the BAC will present two 2018 Economic Development Awards—one to a business with fewer than 100 employees and one to a business with more than 100 employees—and the 2018 Economic Development Professional of the Year Award. Award recipients will be honored with community recognition and a plaque to celebrate their accomplishments.

Businesses and business leaders throughout the city of Newton are eligible (members of the BAC are ineligible). Nominations are available here. Nominations must be received by Sept. 10.

Previous recipients of the Economic Development Award include State Cinema, Bassett Furniture, and Pin Station Bowling Center. Previous recipients of the Economic Development Professional of the Year Award include Matt Bentley and Brett Bradshaw of M&B Printing and Dr. Alan Forshey of Newton Family Physicians.

2018 Economic Development Award
The Economic Development Award recognizes exceptional contributions of Newton’s businesses in any of the following efforts: business retention, business recruitment, business expansion, and community involvement. The award is presented to a Newton business that has had a significant impact on the growth of Newton’s economic development in recent years. Nominees will be judged on criteria including any of the following: innovativeness; economic development accomplishments; community commitment or involvement; measured objectives which may include jobs created, jobs retained or improved, monetary investment in the community, or additions to the tax base; and additional benefits to the community. Companies may nominate themselves or be nominated by anyone in the community.

2018 Economic Development Professional of the Year Award
The Economic Development Professional of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievements by a leader in the economic development of Newton. Nominees will be judged on their significant achievements and the economic impact of those achievements on their organization and the community as a whole. Professionals may nominate themselves or be nominated by any member of the community.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Frick at 828-695-4266 or