Wednesday, Oct. 18 was a night the Inglewood business community will not forget. It was the Best of Inglewood Awards Ceremony, the first of many to come. I must say, I could not be happier to see so many business owners come out. They are the life blood of this community.
With all the progress that we’re seeing in Inglewood on a daily basis, it is only fitting that we have a celebration. And what a celebration it was! We were treated to delicious food by Dulan’s Soul Food (who was one of two overall highest vote-getters) and Lavender Blue provided cocktails. The band was awesome and kept the ceremony going with everything from soul and blues to jazz and pop.
There is nothing like a little friendly competition to inspire people to step up, and we saw this very clearly last Wednesday night. The Best of Inglewood brought out the best in local businesses. It challenged them to want to do an even better job for their customers. Because consumers voted for the best businesses in a variety of categories, the feedback to business owners was pure—it was genuine feedback that could not be bought.
The Best of Inglewood inspired everyone who participated: nominees, final winners, sponsors, city officials, and guests. It isn’t everyday that hard work is noticed, let alone rewarded, by a ceremony in your honor. It isn’t everyday that appreciation is given in such a wonderful way.
Nominees and final winners alike came onstage to accept their certificates and prizes, while family and friends applauded and took pictures. The attention was contagious and encouraged others in the audience to be the best at whatever it is that they do.
The Best of Inglewood 2017 is over. But Inglewood Today is already hard at work planning for next year. I am asking everyone to spread the word and share a copy of our newspaper or website (www.inglewoodtoday.com). Business owners, if you did not participate, come out and support us and consider being a sponsor in 2018.
I’d like to take this time to thank everyone who voted for the best businesses in Inglewood, and the businesses themselves for being so awesome. Names of the final winners are in the cover story. I also want to thank our very supportive elected officials and sponsors, and the Miracle Theatre for such a beautiful evening.
The Best of Inglewood brought unity and pride to the city and reminded us of how special Inglewood really is. Inglewood is a city that understands what community is all about, and for that, we are all grateful.