ABOUT 40 people including past winners attended the 2012 Powercor Wimmera Business Awards launch at Wesley Performing Arts Centre in Horsham on Monday.

Wimmera Development Association executive director Jo Bourke said nominations were now open for the annual awards.

“We’re encouraging businesses to have a look at the 13 different categories, which range from manufacturing, retail and tourism to primary industries, and apply,” she said.

“We also have a section for skilled migration, an award for trainee or apprentice of the year and a young leader in business award.

“These awards are a great way to showcase what businesses are doing, with award winners used to promote our region to potential residents or investors.”

Ms Bourke said the association would run a series of information sessions on the awards.

There will be sessions in Horsham and Stawell from 6.30 tonight.

The Horsham session will be at Wimmera Business Centre, while the Stawell session will be at Northern Grampians Shire Council’s office on the Western Highway.

There will also be sessions at St Arnaud and Warracknabeal tomorrow and at Edenhope, Kaniva, Hopetoun and Nhill next week.

Ms Bourke said nominations for the awards closed on July 30, with the black tie awards dinner to be in Horsham Town Hall on September 28.

She said people could visit www.wda苏州美甲美睫培训.au/ for more information or to nominate.

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