Business Excellence Award, Rules & Regulations

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Welcome to the 2017, Bradford Board Of Trade Business Excellence Awards. Where we recognize excellence within the BWG business community. As BWG grows, our business community is becoming very diverse, innovative and are showing themselves as leaders in their respective industries. The BBT is proud to support their dedication and to shine a spotlight on their extraordinary efforts.


  • All businesses nominated must be within the limits of Bradford West Gwillimbury (see map) or be a member in good standing with the Bradford Board of Trade.
  • Businesses may be nominated for and accept the nominations for multiple awards, however may only win one per award year
  • Nominations may not be made by owners, employees or family of the business.
  • Nominations open on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
  • Nominations close Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 12:00 noon sharp.
  • Businesses may win the same category up to twice in a row unless otherwise stated
  • All businesses must meet the award criteria, rules and regulations & are subject to review by the BBT. All decisions are final
  • Businesses must accept their nominations within the prescribed timelines in order to compete or be considered for an award

Award Descriptions

The BBT reserves the right to adjust the quantity of awards granted for any particular category. The number of awards granted will reflect the number of nominations accepted for the category.

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

  • Up to Four (4) awards available
  • Candidates will be judged on all of 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
    • Demonstrated new innovation within their business within the award year

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 

Home Based Business Of The Year Award

  • Individually owned and operated out of their home in BWG or as a member in good standing with the Bradford Board Of Trade
  • 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

New Business Award

  • Operating between 0-3 years
  • 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

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

People’s Choice Award

  • Vote via our online poll for your favourite business (limit of one vote per person, per day, posted after the closing of nominations)
  • Pick a company that demonstrates one or all of 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 Sept. 5th 2017
  • 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: Tuesday, September 5th 2017 at 12 noon sharp.


All businesses are provided the opportunity to accept their vetted nominations. Acceptances will be emailed to business owners, as they were supplied to the Bradford Board of Trade via the nomination forms. Businesses must accept their nomination(s) via email in order to vie for / be considered for an award(s). The Bradford Board Of Trade holds no responsibility for incorrect emails submitted via the nomination form.

Acceptances will be sent out September 6th and will close September 26th, 5pm sharp. We highly suggest that businesses ensure that their email accounts are monitored during this time. Businesses may be nominated under multiple award categories and may accept any that they wish to be considered for. Businesses may only win one award per year.

The BBT cannot change or edit nominations once they have been submitted. If a business is nominated for a category to which they do not apply, the nomination is rejected. Once nominations close on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 12 noon sharp, all nominations are submitted to vetting as-is. There will be no exceptions for late acceptances.


Judges are a panel of influential individuals from across Bradford West Gwillimbury. Judges names will not be disclosed to ensure none are approached in an effort to influence their choices. Judging is confidential and online. Judges are not aware of category assignments of others on the judging panel.

In the event of a tie, it will be discussed during the private judge’s luncheon. Should a business win under multiple categories, the BBT Award Administration will present the recommendation to the judging panel for approval. The judges decision is final.

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award is unique as it is judged via an online, public poll. Votes are open to members of the public who are invited to vote once per day for the duration of the poll. The progression of the vote will be viewable.

In the event of suspicious voting, those votes will be cancelled by the BBT and will not be accepted in the final tally. The BBT’s decision is final.

The poll will open on September 27th and close on October 6th at 5pm sharp.

Awards Gala

Our Annual Awards Gala will be held on Friday, October 20th, 2017 at which time all awards will be presented. Sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales for this incredible event are now available.


April 22nd, 2017 Nominations Open
June 30th, 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities Close
September 5th, 2017 Nominations Close, 5pm
September 6th, 2017 Open Acceptances
September 13th, 2017, Early Bird Ticket Pricing Ends, 5pm
September 26th, 2017 Close Acceptances, 5pm
September 27th, 2017 Begin BEA Judging, Open People’s Choice Award Poll
October 6th, 2017 BEA Judging Closes, Close People’s Choice Award Poll, 5pm
October 13th, 2017, Regular Gala Ticket Sales Close, 5pm
October 20th, 2017 BEA Gala, all winners are presented