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Best of the Best nominations open next week

Voting round begins July 19

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The Wake Weekly’s ninth annual Best of the Best reader’s poll is set to begin next week.

Best of the Best is a friendly competition where supporters make nominations and then back their nominees with votes.

A first-ever electronic nominations process will kick off Best of the Best on Friday, June 14 and readers will have until June 28 to nominate their favorite local businesses and individuals. The top 3-5 nominees will advance to the voting round.

Online voting begins July 19 and readers can vote through Aug. 30.

After the ballots are tallied, the Best of the Best awards will be presented Oct. 3 during a new awards ceremony organized by The Wake Weekly and held at Wake Forest’s Renaissance Center at 405 Brooks St. The awards ceremony will feature dinner provided by The Forks Cafeteria & Catering, a cash bar and music by the Franklinton High School Jazz Ensemble.

There will be an enhanced ceremony format, as attendees can register to win a free, three-day, two-night family vacation and bid for a wide selection of local goods and services at a charity silent auction.

The Best of the Best special edition will then publish Nov. 8.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for interested businesses and individuals. Online ballot investment levels include enhanced listings and exclusive category and group sponsorships.

For questions about Best of the Best and potential advertising opportunities, call 919-556-3182 or email