The City of Port Moody received more than 250 nominations for this year's 2012 Spike Business Awards.
Community members told organizers what businesses made a lasting impression, "praising everything from quality service to memorable atmospheres to first-class sustainable practices," according to a press release from the city.
"We received a great mix of nominations," said Coun. Diana Dilworth, chair of the city's economic development committee.
"There are businesses that have called Port Moody home for a number of years, and still strike a chord with the community. Then we've got the newcomers, who have obviously made a strong first impression."
"The Spike Awards give us a chance to recognize those businesses that make Port Moody a complete community," said Mayor Mike Clay. "They're an important part of who we are."
While this year's batch of nominees is now set, there's still time to get involved with the 2012 Spike Awards.
Everyone with a fresh idea is invited to sign up for the one-minute pitch competition to wow the crowd with their undeveloped idea, product or service.
Those who sign up will have one minute and one PowerPoint slide in which to make their pitch. Those interested are asked to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "One Minute Pitch" or call 604-469-4540 to sign up.
The seventh-annual Spike Awards will be presented at a gala evening at Port Moody City Hall on Thursday, Oct.
To view the full list of nominees, visit the city's website at www.portmoody.ca.