Award Categories & Criteria

Award Categories & Criteria

Large Business of the Year (10 or more full-time employees)
Honors an outstanding business with 10 or more full time employees that demonstrates commitment to performance excellence in their business or industry and embodies the spirit of the business community. This business has an exceptional “wow factor” when dealing with customers/guests, partners and stakeholders. This business or owner goes beyond the scope of their everyday operations and provides an example to be followed for others looking to make our community a better place.

Small Business of the Year (less than 10 full-time employees)
Honors an outstanding business with 1 – 10 full time employees that demonstrates commitment to performance excellence in their business or industry and embodies the spirit of the business community. This business has an exceptional “wow factor” when dealing with customers/guests, partners and stakeholders. This business or owner goes beyond the scope of their everyday operations and provides an example to be followed for others looking to make our community a better place.

Workplace Excellence Award
This award recognizes a business or individual that goes above and beyond for their employees and provides an outstanding work environment. The business clearly values employee development and retention and places a high level of importance on corporate culture, a happy and healthy work environment, and prioritizes diversity and accessibility.

Charitable Group or Organization of the Year
This award is bestowed upon a non-profit or charitable organization, group, club or committee 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.

Community Impact Award
This award is presented to a business or individual that has been a leader in finding ways of doing business while also doing good for our community. This business sees community investment as a core part of their values and demonstrates community-mindedness. This award honors a business that embodies an overall spirit of giving through contributions of time, leadership and resources in support of local group, organizations and nonprofits.

Rising Star Award
Is awarded to a new business or new owner of a pre-existing business established within the last two years, that has achieved outstanding business performance in a short period of time and demonstrates exceptional promise of continued growth. The award recipient demonstrates a commitment to the community and has had a positive impact on the local economy.

Business Legacy Award
This award recognizes a business that is independently owned/or locally operated for a minimum of 10 years, that has shown sustained growth and whose business efforts have accomplished extraordinary things that have benefited the community in unique and meaningful ways. This business or individual is an inspirational role model for the community.

Adult Excellence in Customer Service Award
This award is presented to an individual (18 +) that creates an exceptional customer/guest service experience each and every day. This individual makes you feel special when you walk in the door and goes above and beyond to create a pleasurable customer/guest experience, assist needs and answer questions.

Youth Excellence in Customer Service Award
This award is presented to an individual (Under 18) that creates an exceptional customer/guest service experience each and every day. This individual makes you feel special when you walk in the door and goes above and beyond to create a pleasurable customer/guest experience, assist needs and answer questions.

Business Excellence in Customer Service Award
This award is presented to a business with an outstanding dedication and achievement to service excellence and customer/guest satisfaction, demonstrated by their commitment to exceptional service standards that consistently exceed customer/guest expectations and who proficiently meet or exceed the changing needs of customers/guests. This business excels at staff/team training and development and developing customer/guest relationships while “Raising the Bar” for other businesses.

Large Business of the Year (10 or more full-time employees)
Honors an outstanding business with 10 or more full time employees that demonstrates commitment to performance excellence in their business or industry and embodies the spirit of the business community. This business has an exceptional “wow factor” when dealing with customers/guests, partners and stakeholders. This business or owner goes beyond the scope of their everyday operations and provides an example to be followed for others looking to make our community a better place.

Small Business of the Year (less than 10 full-time employees)
Honors an outstanding business with 1 – 10 full time employees that demonstrates commitment to performance excellence in their business or industry and embodies the spirit of the business community. This business has an exceptional “wow factor” when dealing with customers/guests, partners and stakeholders. This business or owner goes beyond the scope of their everyday operations and provides an example to be followed for others looking to make our community a better place.

Workplace Excellence Award
This award recognizes a business or individual that goes above and beyond for their employees and provides an outstanding work environment. The business clearly values employee development and retention and places a high level of importance on corporate culture, a happy and healthy work environment, and prioritizes diversity and accessibility.

Charitable Group or Organization of the Year
This award is bestowed upon a non-profit or charitable organization, group, club or committee 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.

Community Impact Award
This award is presented to a business or individual that has been a leader in finding ways of doing business while also doing good for our community. This business sees community investment as a core part of their values and demonstrates community-mindedness. This award honors a business that embodies an overall spirit of giving through contributions of time, leadership and resources in support of local group, organizations and nonprofits.

Rising Star Award
Is awarded to a new business or new owner of a pre-existing business established within the last two years, that has achieved outstanding business performance in a short period of time and demonstrates exceptional promise of continued growth. The award recipient demonstrates a commitment to the community and has had a positive impact on the local economy.

Business Legacy Award
This award recognizes a business that is independently owned/or locally operated for a minimum of 10 years, that has shown sustained growth and whose business efforts have accomplished extraordinary things that have benefited the community in unique and meaningful ways. This business or individual is an inspirational role model for the community.

Adult Excellence in Customer Service Award
This award is presented to an individual (18 +) that creates an exceptional customer/guest service experience each and every day. This individual makes you feel special when you walk in the door and goes above and beyond to create a pleasurable customer/guest experience, assist needs and answer questions.

Youth Excellence in Customer Service Award
This award is presented to an individual (Under 18) that creates an exceptional customer/guest service experience each and every day. This individual makes you feel special when you walk in the door and goes above and beyond to create a pleasurable customer/guest experience, assist needs and answer questions.

Business Excellence in Customer Service Award
This award is presented to a business with an outstanding dedication and achievement to service excellence and customer/guest satisfaction, demonstrated by their commitment to exceptional service standards that consistently exceed customer/guest expectations and who proficiently meet or exceed the changing needs of customers/guests. This business excels at staff/team training and development and developing customer/guest relationships while “Raising the Bar” for other businesses.