Nominations are now being accepted for the Sixteenth Annual Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award, co-sponsored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine. The winner will be unveiled at the May 24, 2006, opening ceremony of the regions largest business-to-business trade show, the annual Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry EXPO. Three award finalists will be profiled in the May issue of Vermont Business Magazine.Nominations may come from the business itself, another business, a government agency, or an interested individual. Named after former Governor Deane C. Davis (1900-1990), the prestigious award reflects a simple yet meaningful tenet that Davis brought to the Governors office: business and satisfied employees enhance the economy and help the environment.The award criteria reflect four Principles of Excellence: 1) Continued growth in number of employees and/or sales; 2) Commitment of company resources, including employees, to community projects; 3) Recognition of Vermonts environment as a natural and economic resource; 4) Creation of a positive work environment for all employees. Nominated businesses must have been headquartered in Vermont for 10 years.Perhaps the suspense makes the award even more special: even the finalists do not know who wins until the minute the winner is announced at the EXPO opening ceremonies. The Selection Committee nominates the three finalists, and then quietly selects the recipient.Contact Erin Hitchcock at the Vermont Chamber ([email protected](link sends e-mail) or (802)-223-3443) with any questions or to receive a nomination packet. The application is also available on line in PDF format on the EXPO website, www.vtexpo.com(link is external). The application deadline for the Deane C. Davis Award is March 3, 2006.