The Cobar Business Association has recruited more than 30 local residents to help judge this year’s Great Cobar Business Awards.
Cobar Business Association president Sharon Harland said it’s always been a tough job for the association to choose which businesses should receive the top awards each year.
“Who better to judge Cobar’s best businesses than local consumers themselves,” Mrs Harland said.
“In past years we’ve had about 10 volunteers help the executive committee members to judge each category.
“This year because we’ve got such a large number of volunteer judges, the committee will be able to take a step back and we won’t actually be involved with any judging.”
Mrs Harland said the committee will however be called upon, along with the 30 judges from the community, to decide who the overall ‘Best Business’ is.
Application forms have been sent out to all awards nominees and need to be returned by August 7 to be in the running.
“The information that businesses supply about themselves and any testimonials they may have, along with the panel’s knowledge and first hand dealings of each of the businesses will all be taken into account,” Mrs Harland said.
The judging panel will also get some extra help when it comes to judging one of this year’s new categories, Cobar’s Favourite Tradie.
“We’ve received nine very worthy nominees for Cobar’s Favourite Tradie,” Mrs Harland said.
“To help our independent judges determine who Cobar’s Favourite Tradie is, we are asking the public to vote and tell us why they are their favourite.”