Dufferin ON: It’s time to shine the spotlight on our local businesses! Nominations are now open for the 2024 Business Excellence Awards (BEAs), an event that celebrates the outstanding contributions of businesses and nonprofits in our community. Do you know a business or nonprofit making waves in Dufferin County? Now is your chance to recognize their dedication and impact. 

Award nominees live and breathe their corporate values, have survived the challenges of the past few years, and are making our community better by being part of it. Nominations are open to DBOT members and non-member businesses located in Dufferin County.  

2024 Award Categories include: 

  • Business of the Year 
  • Businessperson of the Year 
  • Inclusivity Champion Award 
  • Responsible Business Award 
  • Innovation Award 
  • Community Builder Award 
  • Chairman’s Award 

Nominate the outstanding local businesses &/or nonprofits you’ve come to know and love before April 23rd at dufferinbot.ca. Help us highlight those who go above and beyond to make our community thrive. Winners will be announced at a prestigious Gala evening on May 30th at Monora Park, promising an unforgettable celebration of excellence.  

Nominations close on April 23rd, 2024. Submit your nominations here.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, visit dufferinbot.ca/2024-BEAs or contact Diana Morris, Executive Director of the Dufferin Board of Trade (DBOT): [email protected] | 519.941.0490 ext. 202. 


About the Dufferin Board of Trade (DBOT):  We are a grass-roots community-building non-profit organization championing a robust voice for the business community in our area for the past 115 years.  DBOT contributes to community betterment by helping local businesses and nonprofits thrive. When local businesses are succeeding the local economy flourishes and businesses can better support local charities, events, and their employees. Learn more at www.dufferinbot.ca.  


Award Categories

Business of the Year

Recognizes a local business for noteworthy accomplishments, long-standing contributions to Dufferin County, and significant community involvement. This business demonstrates best business practices, is a leader amongst local business, and has:

  • been in business longer than two years;
  • champions “Thinking Local” within the organization, and to the community;demonstrated innovate and pro
  • active leadership;
  • made exceptional contributions to our community’s wellbeing; and
  • practiced good corporate citizenship.

    Businessperson of the Year Award

    This award is presented to a local business person that has shown leadership, community involvement and is a pioneer and mentor in the business community. A business leader who:

    • sets an example of positive leadership;
    • projects a positive image in the community;
    • works to motivate and encourage other entrepreneurs;
    • promotes a positive image of Dufferin County and/or its people;
    • actively contributes to the growth of the community, and support of local initiatives; and
    • has been active in the community for a minimum of five years.

    Inclusivity Champion Award

    This Award recognizes a local business or non-profit in our community who has policies and practices of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those having physical or mental disabilities or belonging to other minority groups. Some ways this organization demonstrates their inclusivity may include:

    • being an active participant on DBOT’s LGBTQ+ Safe Space &/or Accessible Business Trails (optional, but recommended);
    • educating and training their staff and volunteers on DEI;
    • setting an example of inclusivity best practices for other local organizations to follow;
    • ensuring employees and customers are clearly aware of their inclusivity efforts; and
    • creating new and innovate ways to promote DEI in our community.

    Responsible Business Award

    Recognizes a local business or non-profit who demonstrates both social and environmental responsibility in their business practices.  This organization is committed to making life better by being a good steward of the environment, a good employer, and a good business. Some ways this organization demonstrates their responsibility may include:

    • being an active participant on DBOT’s Socially Responsible &/or Environmentally Responsible Trails (optional, but recommended);
    • taking tangible steps towards bettering our environment and our society. Steps which may include:
    • paying a living wage, having clear and inclusive hiring practices, changing to more earth-friendly products, implementing a local purchasing policy, etc.
    • this business may have, or be working towards obtaining, “B Corp” status, or other similar status

    Innovation Award

    Awarded to a business or organization that is a trailblazer of our local business community, striving ahead to achieve remarkable results. Innovators are committed, determined, and skilled game-changers in their industry, and have:

    • created, invented or developed an innovative product or process that has had a significant impact on the local community;
    • made innovative improvements in their products, processes, technology, management, or customer service;
    • been a socially responsible, engaged member of the local business community; and
    • been in operation for a minimum of two years.

    Community Builder Award 

    Honours a for-profit business that demonstrates outstanding community involvement and embraces the notion of giving back, with community investments that have resulted in an improved quality of life in our region, and increased community well-being.  The Community Builder:

    • invests in the lives of others and actively contributes to making Dufferin a great place to live and work;
    • has initiatives that demonstrate a sustained and long‐term commitment to improving the quality of life and community well-being in Headwaters;
    • has policies and practices that demonstrate accountability and responsibility to the community; and
    • actively supports existing community building programs, or establishes new programs and initiatives.

    Chairman’s Award

    This is awarded at the discretion of the Chair of the DBOT Board of Directors. Nominations are not accepted for this award.