Nominations for the 2017 Yass Valley business awards are now opened. Hosted by Yass Valley Business Chamber, the initiative is the inaugural for the region. Five categories are opened: young entrepreneur, business leader, excellence in social enterprise, excellence in small business, employer of choice. Nominations close Wednesday, July 5 and winners announced on July 27. Businesses that progress to regional awards need to be chamber members. More: yassbusiness.com.au/2017-yass-valley-business-awards.