Unmasking Excellence: Awarding Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Business Nomination Process

STEP 1: NOMINATE

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 20TH, 2021

You are entitled to nominate any member business, including your own. Please click here to complete a nomination form. Submission guidelines and a full list of awards are included below.

STEP 2: AWARD APPLICATION

               DEADLINE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021

Upon the receipt of your nomination, The Chamber will notify nominees via email. Nominees will be asked to complete an award application. As this information is used by the judging panel, members nominated in more than one category must tailor their submissions to the specific award categories. Generic submissions for more than one category are unlikely to be successful.

STEP 3: JUDGING & NOTIFICATION

All complete submissions received by the deadline date (Friday, September 10th, 2021) will be forwarded to a judging panel comprised of diverse business leaders from the community. Representatives from a nominated business cannot sit on the judging panel. As a group, the panel will narrow the nominations to three finalists. At this point, a sealed ballot is received from each panel member to determine the winner. The results are not subject to appeal.

With three finalists determined, notification will be sent to all nominees as soon as possible, advising them of their status. Finalists will be asked to provide a copy of their company logo in either a .png or .eps format.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  1. You are entitled to nominate any business, including your own. You are encouraged to nominate yourself for an award. We suggest nominating in no more than 2 categories.
  2. You do not have to be a Chamber member to be nominated, however, if you are selected as a finalist, you must be a Chamber member, or join The Chamber, in order to qualify for the award.
  3. Previous Award Recipients are eligible for nomination.
  4. Finalists may receive only one award. If a business/person is a finalist for more than one award, the submission will stand for the award where the judging panel deems the business/person is strongest.
  5. Award applications must be for one business only. Group applications are not eligible.
  6. A separate award application must be submitted for each award for which the nominee is to be considered.
  7. The Chamber may request further information based on your submission.
  8. AMPLIFY Clearwater reserves the right to limit the number of selected nominees, and/or withhold an award in any category.
  9. Award applications will not be returned. Please do not include materials that you would like returned.
  10. Tapes, videos or other additional information will not be accepted.

Award Categories

Nominees in the Business Resiliency Award category are businesses that have responded to the pandemic with positivity and an exceptional level of leadership. They have found innovative ways to sustain and grow their business during the pandemic, and have supported their staff throughout the shutdown. These organizations have also demonstrated a positive social conscience by utilizing their resources to improve their community. 

This award was created to honor an individual or company who has an outstanding business, has pioneered an effective strategy for business in Clearwater and in the surrounding community, and shown dedication to the AMPLIFY Clearwater. 

This recognition pays tribute to an individual or organization that makes a big difference in the lives of others. They are committed to corporate social responsibility and dedicated to making the Tampa Bay Region a better place to live, work, and play. Nonprofits and for-profits alike can participate in this award. 

Creating a positive company culture is a universal necessity in all size of business. This business is intentional by investing in the development and wellbeing of its employees. 

Nominees in the Environmental Steward Award category are organizations that have demonstrated exceptional contributions, commitment, and actions to make a positive impact on the local environmental landscape. They are a role model for business in environmental sustainability best practices, and have helped to build environmental awareness and promote environmental stewardship within the Tri-Cities. 

The recipient of this award started small but thought big. This top-tier recognition will pay tribute to an entrepreneur who has reached the pinnacle of prosperity. 

This award was created to recognize a new generation of leaders who are providing innovative solutions to social and business challenges, and improving the quality of life in our community. This award symbolizes the aspiration to transcendent leadership to be pursued by each new generation and to build a better world by creating tangible and practical solutions to some of the most significant challenges faced by our communities. 

This prestigious award is given to an industry leader whose exceptional commitment has significantly enhanced and perpetuated the tourism industry in Clearwater. 

This recognition will honor a business that began no more than two years ago. Its innovative approach ensures that it’s well on its way. 

This award recognizes a minority-owned and/or woman-owned organization that exhibits excellence and best business practices. 

Calling all 501(c)3 organization serving the Greater Tampa Bay Region! If you have demonstrated excellence in non-profit business management practices and resource developmentAchieved growth in the number of programs, networks, partnerships, collaborations and services that demonstrate community impact and experienced steady growth in clients served – apply today for this prestigious award! 

This small business is a standout organization. It exhibits excellence and best business practices. 

Three awards will be given in this sector: 

0 – 5 Employees 

6 – 24 Employees 

25+ Employees 

This kudos will go to a young professional who is shaking up the small business space. Applicants must be under 40 years of age by October 31, 2021.