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Time to vote for Ararat businesses

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Ararat Rural City Council is calling for residents to place their votes for a 2021 people’s choice accolade as part of East Grampians Business Awards.

Shoppers have until October 31 to vote for their favourite businesses across the Ararat municipali­ty.

The people’s choice award-winning business will receive a multimedia advertisin­g package with ACE Radio.

The top six nominees will have an invitation to attend business awards gala celebratio­ns.

Council chief executive Tim Harrison said it was important to recognise and celebrate outstandin­g businesses in the district.

“Our small businesses reflect the region’s spirit – they are the lifeblood of our economy and communitie­s,” he said.

“Unlike previous people’s choice awards, the community may vote for any business within the Ararat municipali­ty and not limited to those who have submitted an entry.

“The changes we have made to voting will make it easier for customers to vote for their favourite local business.”

Becky Mcdougall from Three Bloom Florist, which won the people’s choice award in 2019, is urging business owners to encourage customers to vote for their business.

Jump online

“With the people’s choice awards, it was a bit daunting at first to ask customers to vote for your business. But at the same time we had the most supportive customer base that were more than happy to jump online and vote,” Ms Mcdougall said.

“I feel the community recognised our growth from a small florist into a much larger shop, offering home and giftware.

“It was very surreal to receive the award – it was amazing to receive the award and to be recognised for all we achieved in just over a year of business.

“These awards are amazing to have for our small community – especially with COVID-19 and lockdown over the past 18 months.

“It’s amazing to see so many shops still open down our main street – the

community support shown has been one of a kind, you can’t get that country feeling of people coming in to support you elsewhere.”

The people’s choice award, sponsored by ACE Radio through The Weekly Advertiser and radio stations 3WM and MIXX FM, gives the community a chance to vote for the applicants, crowning them the people’s choice winner of 2021.

People can vote for the 2021 award on Ararat Rural City Council’s website, www.ararat.vic.gov.au/2021people­s-choice-award.

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