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Small Business of the Year

Small Business of the Year

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icon 2017 Finalists
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To recognize and honor businesses that have demonstrated “Best Practices” of entrepreneurship, such as sound business planning, fiscal responsibility and work process innovation in operating their business.

  • Tips for Completing the SBOY Application
  • Any for-profit business headquartered in Tarrant County
  • The applicant must be the owner, partner or major shareholder of the business, and active in its day-to-day operations
  • The business must be financially stable and operational for a minimum of three years with the exception of the Emerging Business which is less than three years
  • Companies who provide a current member to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will not be eligible for consideration
  • Companies must be a member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce at time award is presented

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Emerging Business
    Start up company in business less than three years, cannot be a buy-out of an existing company.
  • 1-10 Employees
    In business three or more years.
  • 11-50 Employees
    In business three or more years.
  • 51-150 Employees
    In business three or more years.

Awards are based on tax information relevant to the conclusion of the businesses’ most recent fiscal year prior to September 1, 2016.

Judging Elements
  • Tips for the SBOY On-Site Judging
  • Business Growth and Performance
  • Sound Business Strategies and Practices
  • Customer Service Strategies and Practices
  • Business Challenges
  • Unique and Innovative Approaches
  • Community Involvement and Contribution
  • Employee Relations
» September 23, 2016
  Nominations Due
» October 7, 2016   Applications Due
» December 16, 2016   Finalists Announced no later than
» January 19, 2017   Business After Hours Reception Honoring Finalists
» January 24-27, 2017
  Finalists On-Site Judging
» February 22, 2017   Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon
(Award Recipients Announced)
» March 28, 2017   Impact Your Business Luncheon - “Best Practices from Best Businesses"

Presenting Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsors:

BB&T Logo

Briggs Freeman Sotherby's


Gold Sponsors:

Tarleton State University
Wells Fargo

Media Sponsor:


Reception Sponsor: