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    2022 Business Awards Categories


    Small Business of the Year Award:
     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 Award: 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 Award: 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 Award: 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 Award: 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, 2022) 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.

    Chamber of Commerce Award: One of two awards to be given: Terry Douglas Award of Excellence, or the Ken Hodgins Meritorious Service Award 

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