Primary Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a Dufferin Board of Trade 2019 Business Excellence Award the following general criteria must be met:

  • Must be located in the Headwaters Region, including Dufferin, Caledon and Erin.
  • Nominees are eligible for nomination in as many categories as applicable. Self-nominations are permitted. Only one nomination per category is needed.
  • Award recipients from the previous two years (2017 & 2018) may not receive the award in the same category (if applicable) for 2019, but can be nominated and win in other categories.
  • Dufferin Board of Trade reserves the right to change the nomination category, if an organization or individual is nominated in an ineligible or incorrect category.
  • Winners are determined by independent judges. The judges’ decisions will be based upon the nominees’ answers to a short series of questions designed to showcase how the nominee exemplifies the award criteria. These questions will be sent to nominees after the nominations close.
  • For more information view the 2019 Eligibility & Categories Document.

Entries must be received online by 4pm July 18, 2019



 

Award Criteria

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, is a leader amongst Dufferin businesses, and has:

  • one to nine employees (full-time equivalent);
  • been in business longer than two years;
  • champions “Thinking Local” within the organization, and to the community;
  • demonstrated innovate and proactive leadership;
  • made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment; and
  • practiced good corporate citizenship.

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, is a leader amongst Dufferin businesses, and has:

  • ten or more employees (full-time equivalent);
  • been in business longer than two years;
  • champions “Thinking Local” within the organization, and to the community;
  • demonstrated innovate and proactive leadership;
  • made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment; and
  • practiced good corporate citizenship.

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 through:

  • demonstrating excellence and innovation in the non-profit sector;
  • participation in the local community that has significantly benefited others;
  • developing community partnerships that benefit the broader community; and
  • contributing by giving back to the community with time, product, donations and/or support.

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. The emerging business:

  • has been in operation for 2 years or less (from the date of incorporation or first day of operation);
  • embraces the “Think Local” movement;
  • demonstrates significant achievement in business; and
  • reflects the outstanding spirit and success of the Dufferin business community.

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, 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 Dufferin business community; and
  • been in operation for a minimum of two years.

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. This individual:

  • has been active in the Dufferin business community for at least two years;
  • exhibits outstanding performance and success demonstrated through measurable results;
  • is committed to making a difference in Dufferin County, and a champion of the “Think Local” movement; and
  • is under age 40.

Nominees in this category will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation.

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 Dufferin County, and increased community well-being.  The Community Builder:

  • invests in the lives of others and actively contributes to making Dufferin County 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 Dufferin;
  • 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.

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. This individual:

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

Nominees in this category will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation.