San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has announced that it is now accepting nominations/applications for its 2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award. The award was created by the NRA in partnership with American Express to help raise public awareness of charitable contributions from the restaurant industry in local communities across America. Nomination forms can be found here, and will be accepted through January 7, 2013. Nominations can also be made through the NRA Twitter account or Facebook page.
Many people are not aware that over 90% of all restaurants are involved in community service to one degree or another. It is also estimated that restaurants will make charitable contributions of up to $3 billion in 2012. The Restaurant Neighbor Award is a way to recognize the contributions of the nearly 1 million U.S. based restaurants to community service and charity.
Restaurants are often prime candidates for SBA (Small Business Administration) loans or other business loans. Restaurants often need funds for expansion, working capital or new equipment, and Sunovis Financial can assist. The Restaurant Performance Index, released on the last business day of each month, most recently indicated modest gains, thanks to stronger same-store sales and increased customer traffic levels.
The NRA announced it will also accept nominations for the Restaurant Neighbor Award from third parties, such as employees and customers who have first-hand experience with ways in which local restaurants are helping to support their communities.
"Restaurateurs and their employees are heroes in local communities from coast to coast, but often don't get the recognition they deserve – we are trying to change that," said Dawn Sweeney, National Restaurant Association President and CEO. "For the 15th year, we are recognizing their tremendous efforts and celebrating the ways in which they support their communities with our Restaurant Neighbor Award. We look forward to continue learning about all the great things our industry is doing, both from restaurants themselves and from the people they support."
This year, four national winners will have $5000 donated to their favorite charitable agency or project. The awards will be presented in April 2013 in Washington D.C. and the winners will receive recognition on the website of the NRA.
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