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2021 Nominations
Now Open

Nominations close at midnight on March 31st.

Nominations for the 2021 Business Excellence Awards have now closed.  Check back soon – we’ll be releasing exciting information about this year’s nominees and our Gala Event.

Award Category Criteria

Business Excellence – Small (1 – 6 staff)

Presented to a business that exhibits true business excellence. This business has advanced in economic and/or financial growth through sales/earnings and financial management. They excel in quality customer/client service, are a leader in employment creation, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to continuously improve employee relations and are prominently involved in community affairs. Must be in business for more than 4 years. (prior to January 1, 2017)

Business Excellence – Medium (7 – 25 staff)

Presented to a business that exhibits true business excellence. This business has advanced in economic and/or financial growth through sales/earnings and financial management. They excel in quality customer/client service, are a leader in employment creation, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to continuously improve employee relations and are prominently involved in community affairs. Must be in business for more than 4 years. (prior to January 1, 2017)

Business Excellence – Large (26+ staff)

Presented to a business that exhibits true business excellence. This business has advanced in economic and/or financial growth through sales/earnings and financial management. They excel in quality customer/client service, are a leader in employment creation, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to continuously improve employee relations and are prominently involved in community affairs. Must be in business for more than 4 years. (prior to January 1, 2017)

Business Person of the Year
Presented to an individual in the business community who exemplifies excellent leadership qualities, innovative business skills, proactive employee and customer relations, and community leadership.
Clean, Green and Beautiful
Presented to a business or organization enriching the life of the community through a combination of public art, beautification, heritage, greening and environmental preservation. Environmental preservation strategies may include recycling, reduced dependency of energy, alternative/active transportation, contribution to the urban forest through demonstrated landscaping and/or “low impact” storm water management. Project to have been completed within the last 2 years. (January 2017-December 2019)
Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Presented to the owner of a company that has been in business for at least 2 years and is 39 years of age or younger (as of Dec 31, 2020). This person exemplifies innovative business skills, proactive employee and customer relations, and community leadership.

Customer Service
Presented to a business or organization that is committed to high standards of customer service. This business or organization delivers exceptional service in their dealings with customers and educates and encourages their staff to improve and excel in matters of customer relations. This business or organization also strives to improve the customer experience through communications, problem solving and innovation.
Looking Good

Presented to a business or organization that has completed renovations or restored a property or building that already exists, incorporated green building materials/ processes during a build or renovation and the improvements of this property have shown a positive impact on its surrounding community. Project to have been completed within the last 2 years. (January 2018-December 2020)

GameChanger
The GameChanger is an individual, business, or organization who introduces new offerings, breakthrough solutions or a revolutionary approach to enhance our lives and challenge the status quo. Through their collaborative efforts they inspire Thunder Bay leaders and businesses to think differently about how they serve their clients, employees and community.
New Business Excellence
The New Business Excellence award is presented to a new locally-owned business that has been operating for at least two years but within four years and that has demonstrated innovation, vision, employment creation and business growth prospects.
Not for Profit Excellence
This award is presented to the organization that exemplifies excellence and innovation in their programs, projects, and partnerships. Their commitment to growth and expanded programs, as well as service, community involvement, sustainable practices and/or job creation/development demonstrates a dedicated focus on achieving their vision and mandate.
Quality of Life
Presented to a business or organization for outstanding contribution to the quality of life of a person, group or organization in our community.

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