Inaugural ‘Best of Richmond Contest’ launches

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The Factory Bar mural (Photo credit: Mike Kinney)

The inaugural “Best of Richmond” contest launched today with the aim of celebrating local businesses and encouraging local shopping.

The nominations period starts today and will continue for a month. Patrons of businesses can visit this website to nominate a business via a simple ballot. They’ll be able to choose from over 100 business categories like Best Tacos, Best Hair Salons, Most Romantic Restaurants, Best Cannabis Dispensaries, Best Realtors and Best Landscapers.

Non-commercial choices will also be available, like Best Place to Picnic, Best Place to Walk Your Dog and Best Places to Visit in Richmond with Out-of-Town Guests.

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is leading the Best of Richmond Contest in collaboration with the Richmond Mayor’s Office and other local business groups such as Cobiz Richmond, Richmond Main Street and the Point Richmond Business Association.

Winning businesses can expect a significant marketing boost, with news of their achievement shared in window clings, certificates, and in an upcoming Richmond Magazine. An award ceremony with recognition by the City of Richmond and local dignitaries will be held in June with the date and venue to be announced.

The program aims to support local businesses struggling due to the pandemic, inflation and online shopping.

“When you shop at local businesses and use a local service provider, more money stays within the Richmond community and that helps to strengthen our local economy,” said Richmond Chamber President James Lee. “Local businesses also create jobs in the community, and that provides employment opportunities for Richmond residents.”

Lee added that local Richmond businesses also provide personalized service, in part because owners and employees have a better understanding of Richmond’s diverse culture and preferences, and also because they are invested in customer satisfaction as owners.

“Richmond has some wonderful businesses and places to visit,” added Chamber Communications Director Sofia Lopez, who grew up in Richmond. “We’re excited to celebrate what’s here and raise awareness about our community so that our businesses can not only survive but thrive.”

Businesses can participate at no cost, and the program is supported by business sponsors. Businesses that sponsor the event will receive numerous benefits, including logos on banners placed around Richmond and signs placed in retailer windows, opportunities to present at the award party, recognition in social media, business e-blasts, business stories, and more.

For more information about business sponsorships or advertising opportunities, visit bestofrichmond.org or contact Lopez at (510) 234-3512.