Business Excellence Awards - GALA 2017

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The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the nominations for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards are now open.

Show your support for the community by nominating a deserving individual or organization making distinguished contributions in Waterloo Region in one of the 10 award categories.

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Nominations close November 18, 2016

Award Categories

  • Small Business of the Year Award <br>(1-10 Employees)

    Awarded to an outstanding business or organization with 1-10 full-time employees that, in the past year, has:

    • Demonstrated innovative & proactive leadership within their business or industry
    • Demonstrated measurable success as a business and/or as an employer
    • Practiced good corporate citizenship
    • Made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Business of the Year Award <br>(11-50 Employees)

    Awarded to an outstanding business or organization with 11-50 full-time employees that, in the past year, has:

    • Demonstrated innovative & proactive leadership within their business or industry
    • Demonstrated measurable success as a business and/or as an employer
    • Practiced good corporate citizenship
    • Made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Business of the Year Award <br>(Over 50 Employees)

    Awarded to an outstanding business or organization with over 50 full-time employees that, in the past year, has:

    • Demonstrated innovative & proactive leadership within their business or industry
    • Demonstrated measurable success as a business and/or as an employer
    • Practiced good corporate citizenship
    • Made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Employee Engagement Award

    Awarded to a business or organization that has:

    • Provided training to improve the skills, knowledge, safety and/or performance of their workforce
    • Reduced employment barriers and/or assists employees who are recent immigrants and/or employees with physical, communication or developmental challenges
    • Increase productivity through innovative and creative programs or initiatives for their employees
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Environment & Sustainability Award

    Awarded to a business or organization that has:

    • Made an outstanding commitment to sustainable development
    • Self-initiated environmental actions and programs beyond legislative requirements
    • Found energy or waste efficiencies
    • Provided environmental stewardship, education or innovation in the past year
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Health & Wellness in the Workplace Award

    Awarded to a business or organization that has achieved health and wellness in the workplace, mindful of the workplace as a determinant of health. The award recognizes employers that provide strategies, initiatives, policies and/or programs that promote, support and enhance a healthy workplace and the efforts of workers to remain healthy at work and beyond:

    • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in workplace health and wellbeing with measures supporting both physical and mental health
    • Provide exercise opportunities for employees while at work
    • Promote awareness of a healthy lifestyle
    • Protect employees through a safe physical environment
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Hospitality/Tourism Award

    Awarded to an outstanding business or organization that has achieved excellence in the past year through:

    • Increasing awareness of the Greater KW Area as a destination and promoting tourism opportunities in the region
    • Exceeding customer expectations in the hospitality/tourism industry
    • Demonstrated measurable success and ensured sustainability moving forward in the hospitality/tourism industry
    • Made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Innovation Award

    Awarded to a business or organization that has created, invented or developed an innovative product or process, that has resulted in significant and measurable increase in:

    • Revenue or job creation
    • Productivity or quality
    • Reduction in costs
    • Improvements in service, in the following areas:
      • New product(s)
      • Technology
      • Management
      • Manufacturing processes
      • Customer service
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Non-Profit/Charitable Award

    Awarded to an outstanding non-profit/charitable organization that has achieved excellence through any or all of:

    • Demonstrated innovative and proactive leadership within the organization or non-profit sector
    • Implemented initiatives that have resulted in significant and measureable outcomes benefiting the overall services of the organization
    • Developed the skills, knowledge and performance of its organization and volunteers
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Volunteer of the Year Award

    Awarded to an outstanding volunteer who, in the past year, has:

    • Demonstrated volunteer & event participation within the Chamber
    • Made exceptional contributions through involvement & leadership
    • Donated time & energy to the Chamber
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

    Awarded to an individual under the age of 40 who has tackled the challenges of entrepreneurship and enterprise management. This individual:

    • Is under the age of 40 at the deadline for nomination ballots
    • Has demonstrated corporate and/or community leadership
    • Has operated a business for at least one year
    • Has contributed to the community by creating stable employment
      • demonstrating capacity for sustainability/business longevity
      • impacting the community through good corporate citizenship
    • Has also demonstrated entrepreneurial ability in any of the following areas:
      • new product(s) and/or customer service initiatives
      • technology
      • management and/or processes
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year
  • Michael R Follett Community Leader of the Year Award

    Awarded to an outstanding Individual that is a member of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, in good standing and supports the Chamber’s mission, core values, beliefs and goals:

    • In the past year has demonstrated leadership in the development of the community by:
      • Creating or facilitating significant solutions to community needs,
      • Inspiring others to achieve excellence
    • Been in operation for a minimum of one full year

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