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City to honor local businesses, groups

Nominations for annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards are due March 9

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Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:52 pm, Thu Mar 1, 2012.

The city is asking its neighborhoods to show off the best and brightest of themselves.

The city’s Department of Small Business Services is holding its annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards to reward community organizations and small businesses that have enhanced or highlighted the area they serve in some significant way.

This year, the SBS has added two new categories to the eight that are already given out. The BID Innovation Award will be given out for the the first time this year to the top business improvement district that “successfully revitalizes its community through partnerships that improve parks, schools, and the entire neighborhood.”

The Enterepreneur Award, which is also being given out for the first time this year, commends successful start-up businesses that have opened within the past two years.

The Neighborhood Achievement Awards have been given out since 2002. Queens has had its fair share of winners over the past few years: the Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop in Flushing won the award for Small Business of the Year in 2011, and George Kaufman, chairman of Kaufman Astoria Studios, won the Leadership Award in 2010.

Other notable past Queens winners include Bishop Mitchell Taylor, senior pastor of Hope International, a nondenominational church near the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, and Lily Gavin, owner of Dazie’s restaurant on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside.

People can nominate themselves or other businesses and organizations for awards on the SBS website at nyc.gov/sbs. The deadline for nomination submissions is March 9. The awards will be given out at a reception at Gracie Mansion in July.

— Kevin Korber

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