FROM STAFF REPORTS
Celebrating Clarendon County's businesses, restaurants, schools and professional services continues this week as voting is now open for The Sumter Item's Best of Clarendon 2019 readers' choice contest.
More than 9,000 nominations resulted in more than 1,000 individual people or businesses being listed as nominees in more than 200 categories for fields in auto and transportation, business, community, eat and drink, education, home and finance, medical, professionals, shopping and commerce and the Best of the Best, which includes Best New Business, Best Local Industry, Best Place to Work and Best Boss, among others.
"Best of Clarendon is designed to promote and build local businesses inside the Clarendon community," Publisher Vince Johnson said. "With both the nominees and winners listed on the online ballot throughout the year, it provides an extensive database of all the great local businesses, services, professionals and places for residents and visitors to come back to throughout the year. We've been really pleased about the excitement the contest has already received."
Users can vote once per day in every category all month through March 31. All voting is free.
Nominees that receive the most votes in each category will win a free framed certificate and window cling to display in their business. Each winner will also receive a free ticket to the Best of Clarendon 2019 winners celebration event, details for which will be announced at a later date, and will be listed in the Best of Clarendon magazine and website.
Nominees can participate in promotional packages throughout the voting period by expanding their listing to feature additional details on the business and/or a promotional video produced by The Sumter Item's video department, Studio Sumter. Expanded listings will be visible throughout the year at www.theitem.com/bestofclarendon, regardless of whether the nominee wins the category.
For more information or to find out how to get your nominated business or product involved in promotions that will be going on throughout the contest cycle, contact your sales representative, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 774-1200.
Vote daily at www.theitem.com/bestofclarendon.
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