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Small Business of the Year

Small Business of the Year

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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.

  • 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:

  • Technology
  • Emerging Business
  • Consumer/Retail
  • Service
  • Manufacturing/Distribution

Awards are based on tax information relevant to the conclusion of the businesses’ most recent fiscal year prior to September 1, 2018.

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
» August 1, 2019
  Nominations Open
» September 2, 2019   Nominations Due
» October 15, 2019   Applications Due
» October 23-25, 2019   Application Judging
» November 4, 2019   Finalists Announced No Later Than
» December 2-6, 2019   On Site Finalist Judging
» Week of January 6th, 2020   Best of Show Judging – Blue Ribbon Panel
» January 30, 2020 Forte Award Night - Winners Announced
» February 2020   Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon - Winners Recognized