2019 Small Business of the Year Award

Recognizes and honors businesses who have demonstrated exemplary “Best Practices”

 

Application Deadline: October 26, 2018

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OBJECTIVE

To recognize and honor businesses who have demonstrated exemplary “Best Practices.”
 
 

CRITERIA

  • Any for-profit business headquartered in Tarrant, Parker, Denton, Wise or Hood counties.
  • 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.
  • Businesses that have an employee serving on the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors or Small Business Council Committee will not be eligible for consideration.
  • Past Small Business of the Year recipients cannot apply in the same category they have previously won.
  • No Company sponsoring the Small Business of the Year can apply for Small Business of the Year.
  • Businesses must be a member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce at the time the award is presented.

 
 

CATEGORIES

There will be six awards presented; one in each of the following categories:

  • Emerging Business (start-up company in business less than three years, not a buy-out of an existing company)
  • Technology Business
  • Service Business (ex: accounting firm, law firm, consulting business, etc.)
  • Consumer/Retail Business
  • Manufacturing/Distribution Business
  • Best of Show Award (2019 Overall Winner for Small Business of the Year)

Must be a stand alone, for-profit business not associated with or owned by any non-profit entity.
 
Business/Location must file its own tax return; it cannot be included as part of a larger business entity’s tax return filing.
 
Awards are based on information relevant to the conclusion of the businesses’ most recent fiscal year prior to September 1, 2018.
 
 

JUDGING ELEMENTS

  • 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

 
 

JUDGING PROCESS

  • After reviewing all applications, an evaluation team will choose three finalists in each category to continue on in the competition.
  • Finalists in each category will be presented to a blue ribbon judges’ panel for final judging, which will include an on-site visit. The winner in each of the five categories will be announced at the Small Business of the Year Awards Night, on January 24, 2019.

 
 

PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE

Applicants:

  • Highlighted on the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce website as Applicant

Finalists:

  • Two complimentary reservations to the Small Business of the Year Awards Night
  • Recognition in program at Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon
  • Highlighted on the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce website as Finalist
  • Highlighted on the Fort Worth Business Press website as a Finalist

Award Recipients:

  • Small Business of the Year Award to display in your place of business
  • A Small Business of the Year Award banner to keep and display
  • Highlighted on the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce website as Award Recipient
  • Listed in the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting program as Small Business of the Year Award Category Recipient
  • Inclusion in the “How the Small Business of the Year Award Can Work For You” marketing information provided by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Communications Department
  • Other awards to be determined

 
 

TIMELINE

  • October 5, 2018 Nominations Due
  • October 26, 2018 Applications Due
  • November 19, 2018 Finalists Announced No Later Than
  • December 3-7, 2018 Finalists On-Site Judging
  • Monday, December 3rd – Emerging
  • Tuesday, December 4th – Technology
  • Wednesday, December 5th – Service
  • Thursday, December 6th – Consumer/Retail
  • Friday, December 7th – Manufacturing/Distribution
  • January 24, 2019 Small Business of the Year Awards Night
  • February 19, 2019 Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon (Award Recipients Announced)
  • TBA Impact Your Business Luncheon – “Best Practices from Best Businesses”

 
 

SAVING APPLICATION PROGRESS

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Presenting Sponsor

 

Platinum Sponsors

 

Gold Sponsors

Wells Fargo

 

Media Sponsor