Spartanburg’s most outstanding young professionals will soon get their proper due.
The YPs will enable the community to annually honor individuals ages 21 through 40 who are making a positive impact on Spartanburg through work or service across various industries.
Naomi Sargent, director of college town and quality of place for the Spartanburg Chamber and staff liaison for SYP, said age is the only qualifying factor for award nominees.
SYP membership is not required for contestants and the community at large will pick the winners, she said.
“SYP is pursuing this initiative to achieve two of its own goals: enhancing the visibility of young professionals in the Spartanburg community, and encouraging young professionals to remain in Spartanburg,” Sargent said. “We believe that Spartanburg is a place where young professionals can thrive.”
Although the Spartanburg Chamber doles out a Young Professional of the Year award at its annual celebration, Sargent said Spartanburg has not had a formal awards program for its young professionals.
Here’s how it works:
-From Dec. 4 through 15 the community may submit nominations online at www. spartanburgyp.com/theyps.
-The inaugural list of awards spans 10 categories, including art, business, education, entrepreneurship, health, industry, innovation, nonprofit, hospitality, and service.
-Between Jan. 2 through 12, SYP’s board will select three of the most qualified candidates in each category. During this period, the community will be able to cast their votes for the finalists.
-On Jan. 29, the final list of award winners will be published.
Sargent said SYP hopes to collect many nominations for each category. She said the initiative is communications-driven and there will be no formal awards ceremony.
SYP will generate materials that highlight each of the award winners, Sargent said.