Time is running out to recognize the efforts of those who bettered Bakersfield in 2017.

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the annual awards, which honor individuals, businesses and organizations that, through their efforts, improve the quality of life in the community. This 28-year tradition is presented by Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.

Eleven categories – ranging from architecture to art to education to health – will be judged by community members. Four other categories – Nonprofit, Corporation, Small Business and Business Person of the Year – will be judged by the chamber’s executive board of directors.

Nomination forms can be submitted online at Forms must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Awards are based on work that occurred or was completed in 2017. Winners will be announced at a gala event on Saturday, June 2, at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

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