Award criteria

Business Person of The Year 
 

1. Nominee has an active business in the Greater Kingston area.

2. Nominee has had an active business in the Greater Kingston area for a minimum of three years. Nominee is the owner/manager of the business.

3. Nominee to provide 2 letters of recommendation from clients/customers or alliance partners.

4. Nominees will approve and accept the nomination.

1,000 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 Award (1-10 Employees)
 

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

2. Nominees has 10 or fewer permanent employees.

3. Nominee to provide 2 letters of recommendation from clients/customers or alliance partners.

4. Nominees will approve and accept the nomination.

1,000 Word Submission


Business Growth – Sales, Profitability and Expansion (30%)
How has the nominee grown their business? (Describe new products, services, or new 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 Award (11-34 Employees)
 

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

2. Nominees has 11 to 34 permanent employees.

3. Nominee to provide 2 letters of recommendation from clients/customers or alliance partners.

4. Nominees will approve and accept the nomination.

1,000 Word Submission


Business Growth – Sales, Profitability and Expansion (30%)
How has the nominee grown their business? (Describe new products, services, or new 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  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 Award (35+ Employees)
 

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

2. Nominees has 35 or more permanent employees.

3. Nominee to provide 2 letters of recommendation from clients/customers or alliance partners.

4. Nominees will approve and accept the nomination.

                                                                                                    1,000 Word Submission


Business Growth – Sales, Profitability and Expansion (30%)
How has the nominee grown their business? (Describe new products, services, or new 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/Hospitality  Award
 

1. Nominees  have an active business in Greater Kingston area for a minimum of 3 years.

2. Nominees will approve and accept the nomination.

1,000 Word Submission


Business Growth – Sales, Profitability and Expansion (30%)
How has the nominee grown their business? (Describe new products, services, or new 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 Award
 

1. Nominees must have an active business in the Greater Kingston area.

 

2. Nominees are under the age of 40

3. Nominees have been in business for a minimum of 18 months and no more than three years.

 

4. Nominees to provide 2 letters of recommendation from clients/customers or alliance partners.

 

5. Nominees will approve and accept the nomination.

1,000 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. Nominees have an active business in the Greater Kingston area.

 

2. Nominees have commenced operations after October 1st, 2017.

 

3. Nominees are not an expansion of an existing business, a business name change or a new location of an existing firm.

4. Nominees will approve and accept nomination.

1,000 Word Submission 

Business Growth – Sales, Profitability and Expansion (45%)

How has the nominee grown their business? (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.)

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