Outstanding Business Achievement Awards Finalists

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Hamilton Chamber Announces 2016 Outstanding Business Achievement Awards Finalists

February 15, 2017- Hamilton, ON – The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the following nominees for the 2016 Outstanding Business Achievement Awards.

Small/Medium/Large Business of the Year: These awards will be presented to a profit-centred private business organization, whose business achievement made an outstanding contribution to Hamilton in 2016.

Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees)

  • A.S. Security & Surveillance
  • Carrothers & Associates
  • Laser Spa Group

Mid-sized Business of the Year (10-50 employees)

  • POSH
  • SM Cladding
  • Staybridge Suites

Large Business of the Year (50+ employees)

  • Attridge Transportation
  • Losani Homes
  • WSP Canada Inc.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: This award will be presented to a young entrepreneur(s)
age 35 and under, who owns and operates his/her business in Hamilton.

  • Catalyst Specialized Personal Training
  • Guest Plumbing
  • Niche for Design

Not-For-Profit: This award will be presented to a not-for-profit organization that operates in
Hamilton. The organization must have been in business for a minimum of 3 years.

  • Hamilton Festival Theatre Company
  • Hamilton Sustainable Victory Gardens Inc.

The Outstanding Business Achievement Awards will also honour local businesses with the Accessibility and Century Awards.

Accessibility
This award will be presented to YWCA Hamilton for creating an accessible work environment, valuing the contribution of persons with disabilities, and promoting the development of an inclusive workplace culture for all.

Century
This award will be presented to Alectra Utilities (formerly known as Horizon Utilities) and The Hamilton Spectator for their contributions to the community for over 100 years.

“Each year, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to celebrate the best in business in this community, and these nominees are certainly well-deserving of that distinction,” said Chamber President & CEO, Keanin Loomis. “It’s important to recognize their significant contributions to the vibrancy and prosperity of Hamilton and, in the process, inspire others to excellence.”

The Chamber would like to thanks the sponsors who support this event: Ableworks, Bell Canada, BMO Bank of Montreal, City of Hamilton Economic Development, Cogeco Connexion, Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers Ltd., OLG, and Taylor Leibow.*

The winners in each category will be announced at a gala dinner on March 28th, 2017 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre. Tickets are now available at https://www.hamiltonchamber.ca or by calling 905.522.1151 ext.100.

* As of February 15, 2017.

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Media contact: Marie Nash, Communications and Event Manager, m.nash@hamiltonchamber.ca | 905-522-1151 ext. 245

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Award Criteria

Small Business Award (1-10 Employees): This award is for profit centered businesses which have been in operation in the City of Hamilton for 3 years or more and have 1 to 50 employees. Please review the list of criteria for key factors to be used to measure the accomplishments of the nominees for the Small Business Award. Note that these are for reference only and should apply during 2016.

Mid-size Business Award (10-50): Mid-Size Business Award: This award is for profit centered businesses which have been in operation in the City of Hamilton for 3 years or more and have 51 employees or more. Please review the list of criteria for key factors to be used to measure the accomplishments of the nominees for the Large Business Award. Note that these are for reference only and should apply during 2016.

Large Business Award (50+ Employees): This award is for profit centered businesses which have been in operation in the City of Hamilton for 3 years or more and have 51 employees or more. Please review the list of criteria for key factors to be used to measure the accomplishments of the nominees for the Large Business Award. Note that these are for reference only and should apply during 2016.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (35 years and under):The criteria for the Young Entrepreneur Award includes proficiency as a Risk Taker, Enthusiasm, Motivation, Growth Oriented, Creativity, Originality, Dedication, Innovation, and Vision as applied to activities of the Young Entrepreneur during 2016. Individuals (aged 35 and under) who are nominated in this category must have owned and operated their own business for more than 3 years in the City of Hamilton.

Not For Profit Award: This award recognizes the contribution that Not-For-Profit Organizations make to the City of Hamilton. The Award will be presented to an organization which has been in business more than 3 years and follow the same standard list of criteria as the other awards.

Century Award (100 years +): This Award recognizes those businesses which have operated in the community for 100 years or more. Any company which has not previously registered with the Chamber should identify itself to be suitably recognized at the Awards Ceremony.

Accessibility Award: This award recognizes those businesses who demonstrate a commitment and appreciation for diversity and inclusion through best practices and innovative solutions in creating an inclusive workplace, implementing programs that create respectful and equitable work environments, and ensuring that diversity is reflected at all levels of the organization.

Criteria
– Leadership & Entrepreneurship
– Product or Market Innovations
– Any Unusual Business Achievement
– Sales and/or Employment Growth and Technological Advancement
– Excellence in Community Relations/Promotion
– Environmental Consciousness
– Customer Service and Reliability
– High Standard of Employee Relations including Accessibility
– Demonstrated support for diversity in the workplace policies
– Support for Not-for-Profit arts organizations
– Business Accessibility, (AODA, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)

With the following sub-categories for measurement:
– Implementation of customer service training and policy and procedure