A Denver resident with a successful financial firm in Uptown Charlotte asked me the other day how he could get his company included in next year’s Best of Lake Norman contest.

Since announcing our 300 finalists in last week’s edition, I’ve received similar emails from companies across the region wanting to know what they can do to be included.

These questions shouldn’t be directed at us. We only asked readers to nominate their favorite people and companies in 60 categories from May 15 to June 4. Our staff whittled the thousands of nominations into lists of five finalists by merely counting the nominations.

These questions should be directed at consumers.

I believe the companies that fare well in these types of competitions tend to have a reputation for producing a quality product, service or customer experience. You’ll also find some companies are just really savvy when it comes to remaining in the public conscious.

Cherie Fields hasn’t been operating the Iron Tribe Fitness franchise for very long in Huntersville, but she’s been very active in the community by partnering with the town’s fitness initiatives and participating in the monthly Huntersville Connection networking forum (see page 14).

I’ve never had to go to a foot and ankle specialist, but if an aggressive driver flattens my foot while I’m crossing the road at Griffith and Watson streets in Davidson, then I’d consider going to Foot & Ankle Associates in Huntersville. Why? Because I remember the company’s advertisement in last week’s edition of a child’s feet standing on top of an adult’s feet. No, I don’t like feet, but it’s memorable.

New details for voting, party

We will continue to collect votes through midnight July 3. Readers can vote one of two ways:

• Click the “Vote for the Best of the Lake 2014” link toward the top of www.huntersvilleherald.com.

• Click the “Directory” tab at the top of the website, find your favorite company and click the Facebook like button. You’ll be able to find finalists by our Best of Lake Norman logo.

We’ll announce the winners in the July 25-31 editions of The Herald Weekly, Mooresville Weekly and Denver Weekly.

We’ll also recognize them at a big awards party 6-10 p.m. July 24 at River Run Country Club in Davidson. It’s going to be a fun event with free beer, wine, food and live music from Blue Monday, a band known for its nod to the classic MTV sounds of the 1980s (pre-reality TV programming). Tickets will cost $30 and go on sale July 7. Stayed tuned for more details about the party.

Lake Norman Publications will donate net proceeds from the event to the Ada Jenkins Center, a Davidson nonprofit that helps people in generational and situational poverty in our north Mecklenburg and southern Iredell communities. Ada Jenkins even touches the west side of the lake, recently dispatching its dental van to treat 27 people at the East Lincoln Christian Ministry in Denver.