NOMINATIONS are open for the revamped Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards.
The event, which culminates in a gala awards night in July, will this year be run for the first time by Lake Macquarie City Council.
Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said the city was home to 12,000-plus businesses, including hundreds that employed at least 20 people.
"These awards recognise the best of the best in Lake Macquarie - businesses that go above and beyond with their products, services, innovation and aspiration," she said
There are 14 categories, with winners of most categories progressing to the regional Hunter Business Awards. Success at those awards qualifies winners for the NSW Business Awards.
Council announced last month that it would assume administration of the Business Excellence Awards for the next three years, after an approach from the non-profit Business Growth Centre.
"We see this as an opportunity to champion the outstanding work of Lake Macquarie businesses, and their invaluable contribution to our community," Cr Fraser said.