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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 in Tarrant, Parker, Denton, Wise and 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
  • 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
  • Must be a small business with 150 employees or less

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Awards are based on tax information relevant to the conclusion of the businesses’ most recent fiscal year prior to September 1, 2019.

  • Consumer / Retail – storefronts, restaurants, consumer service companies, etc. 
  • Professional Services – firms, practices, and consultants (i.e. banks, law firms), etc. 
  • Start-Ups – companies in existence for fewer than three years (without regard for industry)
  • Manufacturing / Distribution – companies that produce or distribute goods (i.e. canned good companies, part makers, construction companies)
  • Technology – companies with a focus on technology (i.e. software design, IT, consultants, etc.)

Please contact Brittany Brookens if you need help choosing the right category

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 18, 2019   Applications Due
» October 23-25, 2019   Application Judging
» November 11, 2019   Finalists Announced On
» December 2-4, 2019   On Site Finalist Judging
» January 30, 2020 Forte Award Night - Winners Announced
» Week of February 3rd, 2020   Best of Show Judging – Blue Ribbon Panel
» February 2020   Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon - Winners Recognized
Presenting Sponsor

Bank of Texas


Platinum Sponsor

Bank of Texas


Gold Sponsors


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