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  • What is Best of River Valley?
    Best of River Valley 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 following counties: Crawford County Sebastian County Scott County Franklin County Johnson County Logan County Yell County Le Flore County Sequoyah County
  • Do I Have to Register?
    Nomination surveys require registration of basic information from the submitter for when we need to clarify an entry. We do offer you the opportunity to share your name and email 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 the deadline. Registration may be necessary for the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and email address. The River Valley Democrat-Gazette does not review or consider factors such as business licenses, trade affiliations, Better Business Bureau ratings, or online ratings when determining nominees or winners. Best of River Valley nominations and winners are solely chosen by the public through online nominations and voting.
  • When do nominations and voting start?
    Nominations and voting will take place online at VoteBestofRiverValley.com.
  • Can I vote by paper or in person?
    No. All nominations and voting are done through our website and links to our voting platform at VoteBestofRiverValley.com
  • How does nominating work?
    The nomination period begins 12 pm, Monday, May 6 and ends at 5 pm, Friday, May 24. We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses, and establishments in each of 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 9 topic areas Agriculture, Eat & Drink, Education, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Motors, Services, Shopping, Things to Do. Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve the South Sound area. ​ 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 pm, on Friday, May 24 to add nominations. Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase, unless otherwise specified by the business. Business associates and advertisers of the River Valley Democrat Gazette and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor. ​ Users are not required to nominate in all categories but must submit the nomination form by hitting the "submit" button at the bottom of the page. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one category.
  • Will everyone that is nominated be on the ballot?
    For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of 5 separate businesses that are competing for votes. If someone is nominated in a category that they do not qualify for, we will make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Nominees will then be moved to the voting ballot. The River Valley Democrat-Gazette does not review or consider factors such as business licenses, trade affiliations, Better Business Bureau ratings, or online ratings when determining nominees or winners. Best of River Valley nominations and winners are solely chosen by the public through online nominations and voting.
  • 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 three, 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. Don't forget to download your free promotional assets to use on your website, social media, and place of business to help promote yourself to customers and friends as a nominee during the voting period!
  • How are votes tabulated?
    The regular voting period begins on Monday, June 10 at Noon and ends on Friday, July 12 at 5PM. Nominations and votes are tabulated by a third party. River Valley Democrat Gazette and its affiliates do not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, our audience votes on their favorite nominee. You are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, institutions, individuals, and schools are encouraged to promote the contest to gain nominations and/or votes. Competitive advertising, special offers, and campaigns are permitted; however, River Valley Democrat Gazette at its 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 from the count. ​ Use of bots, robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, vote exchange websites, vote “farming”, scripts, or other automated means designed to circumvent “one ballot per person per day” rule, are not allowed. Contestants discovered using these methods for vote acceleration are subject to suspected votes being disqualified without notice, and the jeopardy of the Contestant being completely disqualified and removed from the competition. ​ Business associates and advertisers of River Valley Democrat Gazette and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor.
  • Can I “write-in” a business during voting?
    All nominations have to be verified prior to being placed on the final ballot. During the nomination process, we welcome all submissions. ​ Our ballot is a closed ballot. However, we will consider late entries into an established category by request. All late entries must be emailed to support@BestofRiverValley.com for consideration.
  • When will the winners be announced?
    The names of the winners will be posted and announced Sunday, October 20, 2024 on BestofRiverValley.com and honored in our Best of River Valley special winners magazine. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded. The awards gala will take place on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18.
  • I'm a winner. How do I get the official winner logo?
    Best of River Valley and the unique logos are the property of the River Valley Democrat Gazette and may only be used with express, written permission. Logos are licensed to winners at a marketing spend or direct payment of $1,095 or more. Best of River Valley merchandise does not count toward the logo license spend. Contact Us to request your logo.
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