Criteria for the awards

 
Business Person of the Year 

1. Nominee has had an active business in the Greater Kingston area for a minimum of 3 years.

2. Nominee is the owner/manager of the business.

3. Nominee must approve and accept the nomination.

500 Word Submission

Leadership/Business Acumen (60%)

What has the nominee done to provide job opportunities, demonstrate positive employee relations and deliver customer satisfaction? What creative innovations has the nominee introduced to their business? Provide examples of the nominee’s business leadership and the resulting success.

 

Community/Charitable Involvement (40%)

What activities has the nominee been involved in to help make the Greater Kingston area a better place to live, work and do business? (Describe volunteerism, leadership in community affairs, and promotion of employee/company involvement in fundraising or community activities.)

Small Business of the Year 
 

1. Nominee has an active business in Greater Kingston area for a minimum of 3 years.

2. Nominee has 10 or fewer permanent employees.

3. Nominee must approve and accept the nomination.

500 Word Submission

Business Viability (45%)

How has the nominee adapted to remain viable? (Describe new products, services or job creation initiatives.)


Employee Relations/Retention (25%)
How has the nominee provided job opportunities and how have they demonstrated positive employee relations? (Describe employee growth, team development initiatives and summarize these results.)


Customer Service/Quality (25%)
What product and/or service initiatives has the nominee undertaken to deliver customer satisfaction? (Describe how customer satisfaction, service and quality improvements are measured. Provide customer testimonials and/or results from customer satisfaction surveys.)


Community/Charitable Involvement (20%)
What activities has the nominee been involved in to help make the Greater Kingston area a better place to live, work and do business? (Describe volunteerism, leadership in community affairs, and employee involvement in fundraising or community activities.) 

Medium Business of the Year 
 

1. Nominee has an active business in Greater Kingston area for a minimum of 3 years.

2. Nominee has 11 to 34 permanent employees.

3. Nominee must approve and accept the nomination.

500 Word Submission

Business Viability (45%)

How has the nominee adapted to remain viable? (Describe new products, services or job creation initiatives.)


Employee Relations/Retention (25%)

How has the nominee provided job opportunities and demonstrated positive employee relations? (Describe employee growth, team development initiatives and summarize these results.)


Customer Service/Quality (25%)
What product and/or service initiatives has the nominee undertaken to deliver customer satisfaction? (Describe how customer satisfaction, service and quality improvements are measured. Provide customer testimonials and/or results from customer satisfaction surveys.)


Community/Charitable Involvement (20%)
How has the nominee been involved in to help make the Greater Kingston area a better place to live, work and do business? (Describe volunteerism, leadership in community affairs, and employee involvement in fundraising or community activities.) 

Large Business of the Year 
 

1. Nominee has an active business in Greater Kingston area for a minimum of 3 years.

2. Nominee has 35 or more permanent employees.

3. Nominee must approve and accept the nomination.

                                                                                                  

500 Word Submission

Business Viability (45%)

How has the nominee adapted to remain viable? (Describe new products, services or job creation initiatives.)


Employee Relations/Retention (25%)
How has the nominee provided job opportunities and demonstrated positive employee relations? (Describe employee growth, team development initiatives and summarize these results.)


Customer Service/Quality (25%)
What product and/or service initiatives has the nominee undertaken to deliver customer satisfaction? (Describe how customer satisfaction, service and quality improvements are measured. Provide customer testimonials and/or results from customer satisfaction surveys.)


Community/Charitable Involvement (20%)
What activities has the nominee been involved in to help make the Greater Kingston area a better place to live, work and do business? (Describe volunteerism, leadership in community affairs, and employee involvement in fundraising or community activities.) 

Tourism and Hospitality
 

1. Nominee has an active business in Greater Kingston area for a minimum of 3 years.

2. Nominee is in the hospitality/tourism sector.

3. Nominee must approve and accept the nomination.

500 Word Submission

Business Viability (45%)

How has the nominee adapted to remain viable? (Describe new products, services or job creation initiatives.)

Customer Service/Quality (30%)

What product and/or service initiatives has the nominee undertaken to deliver customer satisfaction? (Describe how customer satisfaction, service and quality improvements are measured. Provide customer testimonials and/or results from customer satisfaction surveys.)

 

Employee Relations/Retention (20%)

How has the nominee provided job opportunities and demonstrated positive employee relations? (Describe employee growth, development initiatives and summarize the results.)

 

Community/Charitable Involvement (20%)

What activities has the nominee been involved in to help make the Greater Kingston area a better place to live, work and do business? (Describe volunteerism, leadership in community affairs, and involvement in fundraising or community activities.)

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 
 

1. Nominee has had an active business in the Greater Kingston area for a minimum of 18 months and no more than three years.

 

2. Nominee is under the age of 40.

3. Nominee must approve and accept the nomination.

500 Word Submission 

Leadership and Business Acumen (50%)

How has the nominee provided job opportunities, demonstrated positive employee relations and delivered customer satisfaction? What innovations has the nominee introduced to their business? Provide examples of the nominee’s business leadership and the resulting success.

 

Customer Service/Quality (30%)

What product and/or service initiatives has the nominee undertaken to deliver customer satisfaction? (Describe how customer satisfaction, service and quality improvements are measured. Provide customer testimonials and/or results from customer satisfaction surveys.)

 

Community/Charitable Involvement (20%)

What activities has the nominee been involved in to help make Greater Kingston a better place to live, work and do business? (Describe volunteerism, leadership in community affairs, and promotion of employee/company involvement in fundraising or community activity.)

New Business of the Year 
 

1. Nominee has had an active business in Greater Kingston area for a minimum of 18 months and no more than three years.

 

2. Nominee is not an expansion of an existing business, a business name change or a new location of an existing firm.

3. Nominee must approve and accept nomination.

500 Word Submission 

Business Viability (45%)

How has the nominee adapted to remain viable? (Describe new products, services or job creation initiatives.)

 

Customer Service/Quality (35%)

What product and/or service initiatives has the nominee undertaken to create customer satisfaction and build customer relationships since creation? (Describe how customer satisfaction, service and quality improvements are measured. Provide customer testimonials and/or results from customer satisfaction surveys.)

 

Community/Charitable Involvement (20%)

Is the nominee engaging in and/or encouraging community involvement in its new business? (Describe any initiatives or activities related to volunteerism, leadership in community affairs and employee involvement in fundraising or community activity.)

 
Social Impact

1. Nominee has an active business in Greater Kingston area for a minimum of 3 years.

2. Nominee must approve and accept the nomination.

500 Word Submission 

Community/Charitable Involvement (50%)

What has the nominee done to positively effect and return value to the community? (Describe any initiatives or activities related to social responsibility, charity work, volunteerism, and supporting local.)

 

Company Values (30%)

How have these practices been aligned to the organizations overall strategic goals and their values?

 

Environmental Initiatives (20%)

Describe how this organization creates value for its operation and community by respecting the environment and reducing environmental impact.

 
Skilled Trades

1. Nominee has an active business in Greater Kingston area for a minimum of 3 years.

2. Nominee is in the skilled trades sector.

3. Nominee must approve and accept the nomination.

500 Word Submission 

Supporting Skilled Trades (40%)

How the business demonstrated a commitment to helping shape a new perception of the skilled trades and, in turn, helping to close the skills gap?

 

Customer Service/Quality (35%)

What product and/or service initiatives has the nominee undertaken to create customer satisfaction and build customer relationships since creation? (Describe how customer satisfaction, service and quality improvements are measured. Provide customer testimonials and/or results from customer satisfaction surveys.)

 

Community/Charitable Involvement (25%)

Is the nominee engaging in and/or encouraging community involvement in its business? (Describe any initiatives or activities related to volunteerism, leadership in community affairs and employee involvement in fundraising or community activity.)