The Zachary Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual business awards and banquet for Oct. 15.

Festivities — including an auction, raffle, cash bar, dinner, guest speaker, induction of the 2015-16 chamber president and board of directors and the awards program — will be held in the gym at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4727 McHugh Drive.

Nominations of chamber members deserving of the following awards are now being accepted:

Small, Mid-size and Large Company of the Year: Awards are presented to the companies based in or that have major operations in the Zachary area with significant business and community achievements during the past year.

Business Person of the Year: Someone who has made remarkable achievements during the past year, has had a positive impact on Zachary and exemplifies the Chamber’s core values: community, excellence, faith and family.

New Business of the Year: This award is given to the company that opened a Zachary location within the past year, has contributed significantly to the community, either financially or through charity, and has had a remarkable first year of operation.

Volunteer of the Year: This award is presented to a person who has devoted himself or herself to charitable work benefiting the Zachary community. The nominee must be a person who exemplifies service above self and whose volunteer work has made a significant difference.

Hall of Distinction: This designation is presented to the people whose lives and/or careers have embodied the core values of the Zachary Chamber. This person may be inducted posthumously.

Also awarded will be the 2015 Zachary Citizen of the Year award by the Rotary Club of Zachary.

This year, there are three ways to be nominated for a chamber award: Members can nominate themselves by submitting a member profile sheet obtained from the chamber office; any chamber member may nominate another member; and by the past three to five years of award winners in each category, the chamber board of directors and the chamber ambassador council, all of which are urged to submit nominations.

Semifinalists in each category will be announced prior to the banquet, with the finalists unveiled at the ceremony.

Also different this year, winners will be selected by a committee of four people, as well as by the entire chamber membership.

The chamber director, board president, previous Business Person of the Year, a chamber ambassador and a majority vote of the chamber membership will vote on semifinalists and finalists from the list of nominations.

A list of previous winners (from 2012 to 2014) ineligible for awards can be found online at

Banquet Chairwoman Danette Castello said some great items have been lined up for the auction and raffle, but more are needed.

“No items are too large or too small, and smaller items will be grouped together as needed,” Castello said.

To donate an item to the raffle or to underwrite an item, email Castello at danette or call (225) 654-2313.

Tickets are $50 per person, $375 for a table of eight and $450 for a table of 10 and can be purchased at the chamber office, 4633 Main St., or by registering online at

For information, call the chamber at (225) 654-6777.