Celebrating 30 Years of Business Excellence in Windsor and Essex County

Since 1990, the Business Excellence Awards has recognized the achievements and successful contributions of business leaders and organizations in Windsor-Essex County.

2020 BEA Nominations Closed October 11, 2019.

 

Thanks to all who participated.

 

Semi-finalists will be announced at the BEA News Conference On January 15, 2020.

AWARD CRITERIA

THE ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD

The ATHENA Award Program celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. The ATHENA Award honours individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment…women and men who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who also open paths so that other women may follow.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
An owner or founder who formed at least one venture, primarily responsible for the recent (last two years) performance of a privately held business that is at least three years old, who has made an outstanding contribution to their local economy, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Nominees will demonstrate company growth including sales, profitability, growth prospects, risk taking, employment creation and acceptance in the market. In addition, they will show commitment to research and development and the development of technological advances in the company’s industry sector.

GREEN INNOVATION AWARD - NEW THIS YEAR!

The Green Innovation Award is to recognize a business, individual or organization that exemplifies leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility while achieving economic outcomes. The nominee should demonstrate sustained reduction or improved efficiency in reducing the environmental impact of their operations; community leadership in establishing sustainability initiatives or standards that have become linked to their brand/identity; and measurable accomplishments that demonstrate effective sustainable operations. The recipient of the Green Innovation Award should enhance our natural environment for healthy living and economic vibrancy in the Windsor Essex region.

LARGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR (over 100 FTE employees)
Nominees will demonstrate their strategic goals and how they accomplished them. In addition, they will show success in company growth including sales, profitability, growth prospects, employment creation and acceptance in the market. They will also illustrate their commitment to research and development, and the development of technological advances in the company’s industry sector.

MID-SIZE COMPANY OF THE YEAR (26-99 FTE employees)
Nominees will demonstrate their strategic goals and how they accomplished them. In addition, they will show success in company growth including sales, profitability, growth prospects, employment creation and acceptance in the market. They will also illustrate their commitment to research and the development of advances in the company’s industry sector.

NEW COMPANY OF THE YEAR
A new business or an owner / manager of a business venture that is at least one year old but less than three, or an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their local economy, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Nominees will demonstrate company growth including sales, profitability, growth prospects, employment creation and acceptance in the market. In addition, they will show commitment to research and development and the development of technological advances in the company’s industry sector.

PILLARS OF OUR COMMUNITY
Recognizes a registered not-for-profit organization, philanthropic organization, or person that has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of the Windsor-Essex area. This nominee positively impacted the community, and demonstrated best business practices. In addition their business mission/objective/goals of the organization reflect a community need which has a clearly defined strategic plan.

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
An individual professional, who is self-employed or employed in a company or organization. The person has demonstrated excellence in his or her field of business in the recent past, and has demonstrated leadership and positively impacted the community. Examples include CEOs, lawyers, accountants, doctors, bankers, consultants, etc. Non profit leaders are eligible for this award.

SMALL COMPANY OF THE YEAR (up to 25 FTE employees)
Nominees will demonstrate their strategic goals and how they accomplished them. In addition, they will show success in company growth including sales, profitability, growth prospects, employment creation and acceptance in the market. They will also illustrate their commitment to research and the development of advances in the company’s industry sector.

TOURISM & HOSPITALITY AWARD
Recognizes a business that has demonstrated excellence in the areas of hospitality and tourism, and has played a vital role in the growth of their sector. The business should demonstrate the critical success factors that have played a role in their success including employee relations, economic development/investment, business growth, and contributions to the community. This local business goes above and beyond providing extraordinary customer service and recognizes the importance of hospitality in the area as well as serving the community. Examples include wineries, restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions, golf courses, etc.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Recognizes a standout young professional/entrepreneur who is ‘on the rise’. Nominees will be 35 years of age and under and will demonstrate a proven commitment to our community through outstanding scholarship and achievements and exemplary leadership and community involvement. The recipient must demonstrate innovative thinking, exemplary leadership qualities, commitment to making a difference, ability to engage and inspire others, and must act as a positive role model to his/her peers and colleagues. In addition, the recipient will demonstrate significant growth potential as a future leader in the Windsor-Essex community. Non-profit leaders are eligible for this award.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Company/Individual/Organization must be located in Windsor Essex County.
  • Nominated business or individual must fit the categories according to the outlined BEA criteria. The nominator should ensure the nominee would show a willingness to participate.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.
  • Previous award winners are eligible for re-nomination under another category after a minimum wait of three (3) years and under the same category after five (5) years.
  • BEA sponsors and their employees are eligible for nominations in any category other than the one they are sponsoring.
  • Chamber membership not a requisite.
  • Current members of the Chamber Board of Directors, Business Excellence Awards Committee, Judges and Staff are not eligible.
  • Nominees may be disqualified if it is found by the Committee to contain exaggerated or falsified information or charged under any Canadian law.
  • We also reserve the right to retract the award.

PROCESS

  • Complete Nomination Form. Nominations open from Thursday, Sept. 5 to October 11.
  • All Nomination Forms are screened.
  • Nominees will be sent a questionnaire to be completed by providing information on how they meet each of the criteria.
  • The information questionnaire will require an investment of time to complete along with documentation up to seven pages which is then returned to the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • An independent judging panel comprised of business professionals who are volunteering their time, will evaluate the nominations in each award category and determine the semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will receive a follow up survey to complete and judges will visit the semi-finalists at their place of business.
  • The judging panel will complete its deliberations and the finalists will be selected in each category based upon who best adheres to the eligibility criteria and the overall goals of recognizing business excellence.
  • A winner for each category will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards. This evening will bring together Windsor and area business leaders and media for a celebration of excellence in business.
  • No member of the judging panel shall have direct familial or financial involvement with any of the finalists selected. The decisions of the judges are final, completely independent and will remain confidential.
  • The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to verify the information and to conduct a background check of the nominee prior to being considered. Submissions are held in confidence and are the property of the Chamber.

TIPS FOR COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. Brag – for many, this is the most difficult part of completing the questionnaire. Address all the positive amazing accomplishments you/your company has completed and are working on.
  2. BEA Volunteer Judges do not know you/your company and only know what you put on paper.  See #1 – this is not the time to be humble – get out of your comfort zone and tell your story.
  3. Layout – follow the application with same titles to make it easier for the judges to score you.
  4. Report Card – picture the judge scoring you/your company per section. It comes down to your information on the application and your score. It is not personal so bring all of you/your company on the application.
  5. Give credit to your mentors, your team, clients and the community.
  6. Talk about what you/your company give back to others and the community.
  7. What are you/your company volunteering and involved in outside of work?
  8. Be positive and confident.
  9. Tell the truth and stick to the facts.
  10. Have fun with it and smile while you fill out the application.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION

Community Exposure - Award recipients are profiled in the local media including Windsor Star, AM800, YourTV

Brand Marketing - Award recipients have the opportunity to differentiate your business from the competition by mentioning your award in all marketing/promotion.

Peer Recognition - This premier Windsor-Essex County business event of the year is the perfect event to promote what you or your business does.

Past Business Excellence Award Recipients here.