2014 YP Awards Nominations Open From Jan. 6-17

Monday, January 06, 2014

Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga announced it has opened nominations for its 2014 YP Awards. 

Officials said, "For the seventh year in a row, we'll use this program to recognize individuals and businesses that exemplify our mission of connecting and growing young professionals into the future leaders of our community."

This year’s award categories include:
• YP of the Year
• YP-Friendly Business of the Year
• YP Entrepreneur of the Year
• YP Corporate Innovator of the Year
• YP Civic Impact Award

YPAC membership is not required for nomination, and while there is no restriction on replicating one name during the nomination process, each individual may win only one YP Award.

The call for nominations will close on Friday, Jan. 17, and a selection committee will identify the top five finalists in each category. Finalists will be announced on Monday, Jan. 20, and online voting—which comprises one-third of each finalist’s total score during the selection process—will open on Feb. 2. The YP Awards ceremony will take place at the Chattanoogan on Friday, Feb. 21.

Make a nomination by clicking here.


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