Business of the Year Award

Annually, the Community Development Department awards the Business of the Year Award to recognize local businesses and nonprofits that exemplify the core values of innovation, resilience, collaboration, resourcefulness, diversity, equity, inclusion, environmental sustainability or community support.

The City recognizes the indispensable contributions of local business on our community, encourages economic growth and facilitates local business support.

Nominations for the 2023 Business of the Year Award are open now!

Nominations will be accepted by email at or may be dropped off in-person in the Community Development Department office at Arcata City Hall, located at 736 F St., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominations can also be dropped off in a sealed envelope labeled “City Manager’s Office,” at the City Hall water bill drop boxes, located in the City Hall parking lot off of 7th St. and in front of the USPS mailbox outside of City Hall.

To fill out the form online click here.

To view a printable pdf of the form, please click here.

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