A “BROAD spectrum” of Colac and district businesses and employees will vie for regional awards this weekend.
Businesses will compete for awards in 12 categories at the 2014 Powercor Colac Otway Business Awards at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday.
The category winners will then be in the running for an overall Business Excellence award, while the awards will also recognise stand-out employees and trainees.
Otway Business Inc president Chris Smith said organisers had put in a lot of work to prepare for this year’s awards ceremony.
“I’m really looking forward to how that will all pan out on Saturday night,” he said.
“All the preparations are where we would like them to be, and now we have to complete those smaller jobs that will lead into a fantastic night on Saturday.”
The awards categories represent a range of businesses including retail, tourism, agricultural, special event and new business.
Mr Smith said OBI had received a quality range of nominees this year.
“The broad spectrum of businesses we have is fantastic,” he said.
“Obviously any awards are only as good as the nominees that come in and we certainly have an excellent array of nominees for this year’s awards.
“The business awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the business community in the Colac Otway Shire.”
Mr Smith said celebrating the achievements of businesses large and small across the shire was important.
“It’s a wonderful celebration for all the businesses involved and acknowledges the importance of small and large businesses within our community,” he said.
Nominees and award winners will enjoy dinner, drinks and live entertainment at the ceremony which starts at 6.30pm.