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Voting underway online to select ‘Best of Citrus Heights’ businesses

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Got a favorite local business or restaurant you want to show support for?

Through May 18, the Citrus Heights community can cast votes online for local businesses they feel are worthy to win the “Best of Citrus Heights” annual award from the local Chamber of Commerce.

To vote in the competition, participants are invited to visit and select their choice for best business in up to 42 different categories this year. Choices range from just two businesses listed in smaller categories, like media publications and hotels, to more than 10 business choices in categories like insurance services and medical/dental providers. Other categories include automotive services, large retailers, and car washes.

A quick browse through businesses listed in each category shows not all local businesses are listed, as the annual competition is restricted to businesses who are members of the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce.

Categories like restaurants give voters a choice of nine local restaurants: Black Bear Diner, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar, El Tapatio Restaurant, Texas Roadhouse Restaurant, Sammy’s Restaurant and Bar, and Extreme Hummus, as well as the newly opened Panchito Mexican Restaurant, Flaming Mountain Asian Fusion, and Perko’s. Another 11 restaurants are also located in a separate “Quick Service Restaurants” category.

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“This is the one time, each year, that the chamber is able to showcase those members who provide service excellence to our community,” said Cendrinne DeMattei, executive director for the Citrus Heights Chamber. “Residents can use this opportunity to provide feedback, support and encourage businesses that they frequent in the city.”

In prior years, nearly 10,000 votes have been cast to determine winners in each category. Winning businesses this year will be honored during an awards luncheon on July 10 at the Citrus Heights Community Center, and a “Best of the Best Award” will also be awarded to the business who gains the most overall votes, DeMattei said.

Voting began on April 18 and will continue through May 18, 2018. Those wishing to vote in the competition can do so online at

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