• 2021 Business Awards 

    The Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce recognizes the important contribution of business in our community by celebrating in the form of our Annual Business Awards.  

    We are excited to announce the planning for the 2021 Business Awards is now underway and nominations for the awards are now open!  All businesses, whether members or otherwise, are eligible to win an award, however Chamber members receive 5 extra points in the judging process.  If you have any questions about the event or the nomination process, please contact Stacy Dieckman at events@fortsaskchamber.com.

    If you haven't had the opportunity to watch the 2020 Business Awards production, please head over to our YouTube channel HERE!

    We also extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors... Thank you for believing in us and partnering with us to bring the vision to reality.  To learn more about this year's sponsorship opportunities, please connect with Craig Berry.

    Similar to the 2020 process, all businesses with five or more nominations will qualify as a semi-finalist. In the case of a category does not have businesses with five or more nominations, all businesses in that category will become semi-finalists.  

    Three anonymous judges will judge each category; judges are pulled from Chamber Past Presidents, past winners of the category, elected officials, or Chamber Executives from other communities.  Judges do NOT include: any Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce staff, or current Board member (with the exception of the Board Award which is judged by all Board members).  

    The semi-finalists fill out a questionnaire that is marked by the judges.  The semi-finalists with the top three marks in each category become the finalists for that category.  

    Judges will then re-evaluate the finalists. The finalist with the highest mark is the winner of the category.  *A business can win in only one category per year.  

    The winners will be announced at the Business Awards Gala on November 4, 2021.  **Companies or individuals who have received an award in any category in the last two years are not eligible to be considered for that same category.


    2021 Business Awards Categories

    Small Business of the Year:
     Awarded to a privately owned business (1-50 employees, open for 3+ years) that best reflects the outstanding spirit and success of the small business community, demonstrating excellence in client service, human resources, sales & marketing. 

    Inclusion and Diversity Award:  Awarded to a privately owned business or an organization which demonstrates best practices in recognizing and appreciating diversity so that employees, clients, customers and others are respected and valued as unique individuals.

    Industrial Heartland Award: Awarded to a business or an organization in industry; (energy, construction, fabrication, resource, etc.) that demonstrates outstanding leadership in Innovation, Environment, Safety, Human Resources, and Community Engagement.

    Customer Service: Awarded to a business that has consistently offered exemplary customer service; often going over and above the typical expectations of their industry/sector. 

    Home Based Business of the Year: Awarded to a business venture, which operates from a residence, that demonstrates excellence in the quality of service and products supplied. Must have been operating for two or more years. 

    New Business of the Year: Awarded to a new, independently owned, business venture that was started within the last two years and has shown positive performance in terms of current or expected growth.

    Marketing Award of Excellence: Awarded to the organization that develops and implements successful marketing strategies that have a demonstrable impact on business/organizational outcomes.  

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Awarded to an entrepreneur (must have been 35 or younger on January 1, 2020) who has achieved success in the start-up and operation of a new or existing business. Eligible candidates must offer a product and/or service; have served at least ten customers; have long-term goals, as well as strategies to meet those goals; and, have demonstrated innovation by adapting to market place challenges resulting in a competitive advantage.  

    G.R.I.T. Award: Created in 2020, Awarded to an entrepreneur that has shown Growth, Resilience, Initiative, and Tenacity; someone who has overcome exceptional adversity and has persevered to establish and grow a successful business.

    2021 Innovation Award: This is a Chamber Board of Director's Award. Created in 2020 to recognize the agility of the business community, and how they innovated to stay in business.  This award recipient is judged and chosen by the Board of Directors, and is the only award that includes current Board Directors in the judging panel.  Awarded to a business demonstrated innovation in 2021.

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