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Nominations Begin for Best in Biz Awards

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Posted by: Ester Venouziou
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May 31, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Nominations are now under way for LocalShops1's annual Best in Biz Awards, presented by C1 Bank. The awards take place Thursday, Aug. 7, at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. The awards are part of LocalShops1's sixth birthday bash.

"Every year we celebrate LocalShops1's anniversary by honoring the businesses, artists and nonprofits that make Tampa Bay such an awesome community," says Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder. "There are so many great businesses making a difference here and we love to help get them noticed."

Nominations are being accepted through midnight Sunday, June 22, at There will be one winner each in popular vote and judges' vote for each of the following categories:

Best Established Business: Lasting power is what this one is all about. Despite the economic ups and downs, these are shops, restaurants and other businesses that have carried on and continue to make our neighborhoods happier and brighter!
Past winners: Bananas Music, Time Systems, Craftsman House Gallery, Three Birds Tavern, Domain Home Accessories, Being, Write One Creative Services

Best New Business: We are looking for businesses that launched in the past five years, and are already the talk of the town! Businesses that are innovative, creative and daring. Most of all, we're looking for living proof that dedication pays off.
Past winners: Chart 411, The Ale & the Witch, T & Me Tea Co., The Peaceful Warrior Massage, Three Birds Tavern

Most Community-Minded Business: These business owners go above and beyond to help local charities and other local businesses. These are the ones who organize fundraisers, donate to silent auctions, help tech-challenged neighbors and give shoutouts to emerging entrepreneurs. Why? Because they care.
Past winners: Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market (twice), St. Pete Community Acupuncture, Illuminated Publishing (twice)

Best at Grassroots Marketing: There’s no huge advertising budget, but this business doesn’t need giant billboards to get the message out. Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, email marketing, cross-promotions, and good old-fashioned word of mouth bring in customers.  
Past winners: Forbes Riley Studio, The Cupcake Spot, Gulfport Tuesday Market, Hartley Chiropractic Center, St. Pete Bagel, Intensity Academy

Finalists will be announced July 13 and online voting to determine the popular choice will take place July 13-27. A panel of judges will also determine their choice, based on the finalists' answers in a questionnaire. There will be a popular choice and a judges' vote winner in each category.

In addition, LocalShops1 is accepting suggestions for the Floppy Hat Award, which goes to a community leader who goes above and beyond to support small businesses and our Buy Local movement. Past winners have included St Petersburg Councilman Karl Nurse; and Susan Robertson, events director at The Birchwood, active on numerous boards and committees throughout the region.

To nominate a business go to

For information on the awards banquet, go to 

Best in Biz is presented by C1 Bank
Sponsors include Moorman PhotographicsPia's TrattoriaI Love Downtown St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg Museum of HistoryImpulse Clics  and Sunshine Automotive.

For media information, email Mo Venouziou at  

About LocalShops1
LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned  businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses.