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Best of Boise 2018 nominations open March 7

Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus (500 B.C.) is known for his doctrine of "universal flux," the idea that everything is always flowing, always different. Though this is an oversimplified statement on his work and a rather high-handed way of introducing Note this week, it underlines a practice important to me both personally and professionally: embracing change. Without ignoring the value of tradition and longevity, disregarding the need for growth causes stagnation, and here at Boise Weekly, we aren't about to let moss grow under our feet. In light of that, we're making two changes to our annual Best of Boise poll.

First, we have moved it up. Starting today, March 7, nominations are open, and through March 28 at bob.boiseweekly.com, you can nominate your favorite people, places and things for Best of Boise 2018. The top three nominees in each category will go on the BOB 2018 ballot for voting (April 11-30), so nominate away and help your favorites get on the voting ballot.

Second, we're opening up some of the categories to include non-local businesses—the local-only categories will be clearly marked. When someone moves to Boise, they establish a life and a livelihood here. When they bring or open a business here, they contribute to this community. They pay taxes. They employ people. They often source local materials. They add value. They become our neighbors and our friends. While we here at Boise Weekly—a locally owned and operated business—are diehard supporters of other locally owned and operated businesses, we feel like shutting franchises out of Best of Boise has become elitist and doesn't allow readers to vote with their hearts, to choose who or what they really think is the best of the best.

Change can be scary, but it can also be liberating, exciting and cause for celebration, so go to bob.boiseweekly.com, nominate your faves and join the party!

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