ABOUT THE 2019 BEST OF THE LAKES REGION PROGRAM
Welcome to our first Best of the Lakes Region program!
What Is "Best Of the Lakes Region"?
The 2019 Best of the Lakes Region presented by Bank of New Hampshire invites, engages and allows you, our audience, to recognize the best businesses, organizations and people in our area. Our focus is on businesses and professionals that support, serve and do business in the Lakes Region.
Do I Have To Register?
Nomination surveys require registration of basic information from the submitter on the occasion we need to clarify an entry. However, we do offer you the opportunity to share your name, email and telephone number with us so that we can keep you up to date on the program. You may submit your nominees in any given topic area and return to complete the survey any time before deadline.
Registration may be necessary in the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and email address.
Can I Vote By Paper Or In Person?
No. All nominations and voting are done through our website and links to our voting platform.
How Does Nominating Work?
We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses and establishments in each of the over 200 categories. Once the nominees are finalized, our audience is asked to vote on one choice in each category. Per our guidelines, you are allowed to nominate without limits and during voting, vote once every 24 hours.
Our audience and business owners nominate their favorites by selecting one of 8 topic areas (Eat & Drink, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Motors, Professional Services, Schools, Shopping & Things To Do). Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve the Lakes Region.
Nominating is as simple as entering a name and city in text entry fields. It’s best, but not required, to provide additional information on the nominee so that we can verify them (Phone number, address, URL). You may return any time before 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 22nd, 2019 to add nominations.
Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase. Business associates and advertisers of the Laconia Daily Sun and any other owner affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor, the Bank of New Hampshire.
Users are not required to nominate in all categories within a given topic, but must submit the survey by hitting the "submit" button at the bottom of the survey page. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one category.
The nomination period begins 12:00 PM Eastern Time, Tuesday, March 12th, 2019, and ends at 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 22nd, 2019.
Will Everyone That Is Nominated Be On The Ballot?
For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of four (4) separate businesses that are competing for votes. If a category is not qualifying, we will make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Once a category is qualified, we will ballot each individual business that has been nominated.
I’ve Been Nominated, What Is Required Of Me?
Businesses, organizations or individuals that are nominated by our audience will be placed on our ballot after they are verified. Should a business earn enough votes to be in the top two they may be required to complete a simple online questionnaire with basic business information including, Name, Location(s), Year Established, Business Hours, Phone Number, Web Address (if any) and submit or make available a photo of the business, organization or individual. There is no cost or obligation to participate.
How Are Votes Tabulated?
Nominations and votes are tabulated by a third-party. The Laconia Daily Sun and it's affiliates do not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, readers vote on their favorite nominee. Readers are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, institutions, individuals and schools are encouraged to promote the contest in order to gain nominations and/or votes. Competitive advertising, special offers, campaigns are permitted; however, the Laconia Daily Sun at it’s sole discretion, reserves the right to exclude from the competition any businesses or individuals that engage in activities intended to “rig” or “fix” the voting process. Votes that are suspect may be disqualified in the count.
Business associates and advertisers of the Laconia Daily Sun and any other owner affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor, the Bank of New Hampshire.
The regular voting period begins at 12:00 PM Eastern Time, Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 and ends at 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Thursday, April 25th, 2019.
Can I “Write-In” A Business During Voting?
Our ballot is a closed ballot, however; we will consider late entries into an established category by request. All late entries must be received by April 19th. All late entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
When Will Winners Be Announced?
The names of the winners will be posted and announced on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019. All winners will be honored in our Best of the Lakes Region special winners book on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.