GRIFFITH'S business awards have been overhauled and aligned with the NSW Business Chamber in a bid to boost the event's profile and professionalism.
This year's inaugural Griffith Business Chamber Excellence in Business Awards will replace the Outstanding Customer Service Awards.
Organisers were proud to announce this year's category winners will be pitted against their counterparts in nearby cities as part of the NSW Business Chamber regional awards.
Council tourism and economic development manager Greg Lawrence hoped more businesses, including farmers, would be enticed to enter given the increased profile.
"These awards will give every entrant the chance to be compared to their peers and be assessed by independent judges," Mr Lawrence said.
"It also allows businesses to analyse where they are and aren't doing well, and winners can compare themselves to Wagga, Leeton and Albury."
There are 12 categories for businesses and business people to nominate themselves for including young entrepreneur, business leader, excellence in innovation and employer of choice.
The most exceptional business crowned Griffith business of the year will take home a 24-carat gold-plated trophy nicknamed the "Oxley".
As a bonus, all finalists and winners receive an official logo that can be used on websites and signage to set them apart from their competitors.
Entries are open until April 24 ahead of a black-tie awards ceremony with all the bells and whistles on Saturday, May 31.