Welcome to the 2020 Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards – where we recognize excellence within the Sussex area business community.

This year has been like no other and our business community is becoming very diverse, innovative and are showing themselves as leaders in their respective industries. The SDCC is proud to support their dedication and to shine a spotlight on their extraordinary efforts.

If you have received incredible customer service, fantastic product advice, consistently have your expectations met or exceeded by one of our local businesses, thank them! Recognize and encourage their efforts by nominating them for an award below.

All businesses nominated must be within the limits of Sussex or the surrounding areas (see map)
Businesses may be nominated for multiple awards & accept multiple nominations. However, they may only win one per award year. Nominations may not be made by owners, employees or family of the business (except for the employer of the year category where employees may make the nomination). Nominations open on Monday, Nov 9, 2020 and close on Monday, November 18th, 2020 at 12:00 noon sharp.

Rules and regulations here.

All achievements, goals, purchases, expansions and actions described below must have occurred within the Award Year (November 1st, 2019 – October 31st, 2020)

The Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce realizes that 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for businesses. Challenges will be considered when being considered by the judges. In light of this year’s challenges, we would also like to take the opportunity to recognize even more amazing businesses in our region with the following 10 awards!

Employer of The Year
• A business with a minimum of 3 full time employees
• Business must have been profitable in the last year
• Must have a strong and sustainable structure for employee compensation, via benefits, wages and benefit practices
• Demonstrates strategic employee recruitment and retention activities
• Commitment to workforce development; employee training and education/professional development opportunities
• Displays commitment to providing programs for a happy and healthy workplace as part of its company goals and overall strategy
• A commitment to an inclusive workplace, with a strategy to recruit, hire and encourage a diverse workforce

Woman of Influence
• Must be involved in a business for a minimum of the last 3 years
• Business must have been profitable in the last year
• She must hold a senior executive role or be the chief decision maker
• She must be the founder of the business, or have made a significant impact if the business was acquired
• She has brought positive change in the form of equality, inclusion and/or women’s security through their business practices
• Has taken on a role of mentor for other women in business through grassroots initiatives or via other organizations

Agricultural Award
• A Company that has made a substantial contribution to the field of agricultural development
• Innovation and creativity in business (production and/or processing, and/or sales and marketing)
• Proven business sustainability and/or growth
• Outstanding accomplishments in agriculture, aquaculture, and/or value-added food processing
• Shows active involvement in the community
• Dedication to environmental agricultural practices

Business Excellence Award
• Open to all businesses operating in the Sussex & District area or are members of the Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce in good standing
• Candidates will be judged on all the following criteria:
• Dedication to customer service
• Quality of product or service
• Innovation and creativity in business
• Consistent pre-sales and after sales customer service
• Proven business growth
• Outstanding business accomplishments
• Active involvement in the community and/or business associations
• Expertise in their industry

Community Award
• Strong record of exceptional generosity through direct financial support or through significant volunteer time
• Has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to philanthropy
• Has encouraged and motivated others in the business community to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement
• Active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community

Entrepreneur of The Year Award
• Individually owned and operated
• Successful in expanding their business
• True trendsetter in recognizing a new market, product, service, technological advancement or opportunity and led the way
• Business is profitable, has a comprehensive business plan and is ready for next-stage growth
• Shows true innovation and a willingness to take risks

Home Based Business of the Year Award
• Individually owned and operated out of their home in Sussex or surrounding area
• Active involvement in the community and/or business associations
• Business is profitable, has a comprehensive business plan
• Shown innovation and creativity in business
• Potential for sustainability of future business growth
• Overcoming challenges
• Dedication to customer service

Start Up Award
• Operating between 0-3 years
• Newly established
• Showed growth and success
• Nominees for this award should be exceptional leaders whose businesses and business practices affect our community
• Shown innovation and creativity in business
• Potential for sustainability of future business growth
• Overcoming challenges
• Active involvement in the community and/or business associations
• Has not previously won this award

People’s Choice Award
• Vote online poll for your favourite nominated business via form hosted by the Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce
• Pick a company that demonstrates one or all the below criteria:
• Principles and practices of excellence in customer service
• Going above and beyond expected service; friendly & helpful
• Value for money
• Product knowledge
• After-sales service

Youth Entrepreneur of The Year Award
• An individual 29 years of age or younger by the nomination submission deadline of Nov 23rd, 2020
• An entrepreneur in business for at least 1 year
• Has demonstrated significant business achievement
• Has defined goals and a business plan
• Has overcome challenges and demonstrated good corporate citizenship
• Shows true innovation and a willingness to take risks

Nominations close: Monday, November 18th, 2020 at 12 noon sharp.

Please read the rules & regulations.

Timelines
November 9, 2020 Nominations Open
November 18th, 2020 Nominations Close, 12 noon
November 19th, 2020 Open Acceptances
November 23rd, 2020 Close Acceptances, 5pm
November 24th, 2020 Chamber Board to Begin Judging, Open People’s Choice Award Vote
November 30th, 2020 Chamber Board Judging Closes, Close People’s Choice Award Poll, 5pm
December 3rd, 2020 Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce Celebration, all winners are announced