For Immediate Release | June 11, 2018

The Dufferin Board of Trade (DBOT) is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2018 Business Excellence Awards (BEAs). Nominations are being accepted through the Dufferin Board of Trade website at dufferinbot.ca/nominate. The deadline for nominations is July 16th, 2018 at 12:00 noon. The award nominees will be judged by business and community organizations operating outside Dufferin County, to avoid any potential bias.

The Business Excellence Awards recognize outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals in Dufferin County who have worked diligently and tirelessly to excel in their field. The eight highly esteemed awards are presented at the Business Excellence Awards Gala held annually in October. It is a night of celebration and inspiration unrivaled in the region and business excellence has the centre stage. The Business Excellence Awards Gala is tentatively set to be held on October 18th, 2018.

“The Business Excellence Awards are an opportunity for the community to celebrate the local businesses, organizations, and businesspeople that contribute so much to our everyday life here in Dufferin” says Pete Renshaw, Chair of the Dufferin Board of Trade. “We have a healthy, vibrant business community and we look forward to receiving your nominations recognizing their outstanding contributions to our region”

BEA nominees set an example of excellence that resonates into every aspect of the business community in Dufferin. The Dufferin Board of Trade is accepting nominations in the following categories:

Business of the Year – Under 10 Employees
Recognizes a small business for noteworthy accomplishments, long-standing contributions to Dufferin County, and significant community involvement. This business demonstrates best business practices and is a leader amongst Dufferin businesses.

Business of the Year – 10 or More Employees
Recognizes a larger business for noteworthy accomplishments, long-standing contributions to Dufferin County, and significant community involvement. This business demonstrates best business practices and is a leader amongst Dufferin businesses.

Association of the Year
Recognizes a non-profit association, charity, or agency that has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of Dufferin County, is consistently responsive to community needs, delivers outstanding service to its beneficiaries, and communicates a well-articulated vision and mission in support of a strong and viable community. The association will have shown innovation and leadership, and achieved outstanding success in the not-for-profit sector.

Emerging Business Award
Honours a new emerging business that is achieving outstanding business performance in a short period of time, demonstrates exceptional promise for continued growth and serves as an inspiration for other new businesses.

Innovator Award
Awarded to a business or organization that is a trailblazer of the Dufferin business community, striving ahead to achieve remarkable results. Innovators are committed, determined, and skilled game-changers in their industry.

Young Professional of the Year
Recognizes a successful and dynamic young professional under the age of 40 who represents Dufferin County in a professional manner and conducts business in an ethical fashion. This person should be creative and innovative, and demonstrate strong business acumen and vision.

Community Builder Award *New 2018
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 Dufferin County, and increased community well-being.

Business Citizen of the Year
This award is presented to a business person that has shown leadership, community involvement and is a pioneer and mentor in the business community.

We encourage the community to visit dufferinbot.ca/nominate to review the criteria and nominate those that most exemplify excellence in business in Dufferin County.

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Media Contact
Nick Lumia
Dufferin Board of Trade
nick@dufferinbot.ca | 519.941.0490 ext. 206