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Small Business Award

This award recognizes a business with 20 or fewer employees that has been operational for at least three years and has demonstrated professional integrity, financial stability, excellence in customer service, success through innovation and a commitment to the community.

  1. The business has a reputation for integrity and a high level of customer service in the community.
  2. The business, its owners, and/or its employee(s) participate and/or support community and industry-related activities.
  3. The business focuses on purchasing goods and services locally where possible.
  4. The business’ owner(s) or upper management has an excellent working relationship with their employees.
  5. The business has achieved employment or profitability growth.
  6. The business is being managed with future financial sustainability and competitiveness in focus.
  7. New and innovative approaches/initiatives are used in order to benefit the business and/or its customers.
  8. Demonstrated excellence in a particular facet of the business such as marketing, exporting, innovation, production, etc.
  9. The business has a robust planning process and keeps their team engaged in achieving the goals of the plan.
  10. The business invests in continuous improvement of its staff through professional development or other me

Large Business Award

This award recognizes a business with 20 or more employees that has been operational for at least three years and has demonstrated professional integrity, financial stability, excellence in customer service, success through innovation and a commitment to the community.

  1. The business has a reputation for integrity and a high level of customer service in the community.
  2. The business, its owners, and/or its employee(s) participate and/or support community and industry-related activities.
  3. The business focuses on purchasing goods and services locally where possible.
  4. The business’ owner(s) or upper management has an excellent working relationship with their employees.
  5. The business has achieved employment or profitability growth.
  6. The business is being managed with future financial sustainability and competitiveness in focus.
  7. New and innovative approaches/initiatives are used in order to benefit the business and/or its customers.
  8. Demonstrated excellence in a particular facet of the business such as marketing, exporting, innovation, production, etc.
  9. The business has a robust planning process and keeps their team engaged in achieving the goals of the plan.
  10. The business invests in continuous improvement of its staff through professional development or other means.

Not-for-Profit Organization Award

This award recognizes a registered not-for-profit organization which has been operational for at least three years and that has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of the Greater Fredericton Area while exhibiting stability, maintaining a good relationship with its volunteers and demonstrating best business practices.

  1. The mission/objective/goals of the organization reflect a community need.
  2. The organization has robust tools in place for recruiting volunteers.
  3. The organization maintains a strong and ongoing relationship with its volunteers.
  4. The organization has demonstrated growth and/or financial stability.
  5. The organization focuses on purchasing goods and services locally where possible.
  6. The organization has a reputation for integrity in its dealings with clients, volunteers, staff or other individuals/groups.
  7. The organization has a clearly defined strategic plan.
  8. New and innovative approaches/initiatives are used in order to benefit the organization and/or its clients/volunteers.
  9. The organization motivates and rewards its employees and volunteers.

Community Leadership Through Business Award

The award recognizes a business that has made an extraordinary social, cultural or environmental impact on the Greater Fredericton Area.

  1. The business has a reputation for integrity and a high level of customer service in the community.
  2. The business’ corporate cultural reflects an emphasis on community involvement.
  3. The business partners/supports with not-for-profit organizations, charities or other community efforts.
  4. The business, its owners or employees provide support to the community with a financial and/or time commitment.
  5. The business focuses on purchasing goods and services locally where possible.
  6. Two testimonial letters specifically referencing how the business’ has impacted the community.
  7. The business is being managed with future financial sustainability and competitiveness in focus.
  8. The business trains its workforce to encourage community involvement.
  9. The business encourages giving back to the community through helping newer businesses / younger entrepreneurs.
  10. New and innovative approaches/initiatives are used in order to benefit the community.

Start-up Award

This award recognizes a local company that has been in business for fewer than three years which is financially sustainable and potentially scalable.

  1. The business has met or exceed its own financial/growth expectations as described in its business plan.
  2. The business’ owner(s) or upper management has an excellent working relationship with their employees.
  3. The business’ value proposition aims to solve a particular problem.
  4. The business has a sustainable revenue model.
  5. The business has the potential to scale up.
  6. The business is being managed with future financial sustainability and competitiveness in focus.
  7. New and innovative approaches/initiatives are used in order to benefit the business and/or its customers.
  8. The business has identified a sustainable target market.
  9. The business has a robust planning process and keeps their team engaged in achieving the goals of the plan.
  10. The business is able to materially differentiate itself from its competition.

Business Person of the Year Award

This award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of a business owner that has succeeded through innovation, risk-taking and a commitment to the community and/or achieved success through introducing new products/services or growing an existing product/service through a new approach.  The individual’s business has been operational for at least five years.

  1. The individual has a reputation for integrity and a high level of customer service in the community.
  2. The individual demonstrates leadership through supporting community and/or industry-related activities and/or encourages his/her employees to do so.
  3. The individual’s business focuses on purchasing goods and services locally where possible.
  4. The individual has an excellent working relationship with their employees.
  5. The individual’s business has achieved material employment or profitability growth.
  6. The individual’s business is being managed with future financial sustainability and competitiveness in focus.
  7. The individual deploys new and innovative approaches/initiatives in order to benefit the business and/or its customers.
  8. Demonstrated excellence in a particular facet of the business such as marketing, exporting, innovation, production, etc.
  9. Demonstrated success in introducing new products/services or growing an existing product line.
  10. The individual or the individual’s business has won or been nominated for other business-related awards.

Resilience Award

This award recognizes a business that has been operational for at least three years and has overcome a major challenge/change that was not exclusively financial in nature.

  1. The business is an independent enterprise, not a national chain.
  2. The business experienced a recent and significant change/challenge.
  3. The business was growing and/or sustainable before and after the significant change.
  4. The business has a reputation for integrity and a high level of customer service in the community.
  5. The business, its owners, and/or its employee(s) participate and/or support community and industry-related activities.
  6. The business focuses on purchasing goods and services locally where possible.
  7. The business’ owner(s) or upper management has an excellent working relationship with their employees.
  8. New and innovative approaches/initiatives are used in order to benefit the business and/or its customers.
  9. The business has remained in the same industry or used the change/challenge to adapt.