Welcome to the 2020, 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.
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 Bradford West Gwillimbury (see map) or be a member in good standing with the Bradford Board of Trade.
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.  Nominations open on Monday, April 27th, 2020 and close on Wednesday, September 9th, 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 (September 1st 2019 – September 1st 2020)

THANK YOU EVERYONE – NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

 
 

The Bradford Board Of Trade realizes that 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for businesses. Challenges will be taken into account when being considered by the judges.

Two new awards for 2020!

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
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

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 Bradford West Gwillimbury community or are members of the Bradford Board Of Trade in good standing
  • 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

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 Award

  • Individually owned and operated out of their home in BWG
  • 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

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 Bradford Board of Trade
  • 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. 9th 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: Wednesday, September 9th 2020 at 12 noon sharp.

Please read the rules & regulations.

Timelines

April 27th, 2020 Nominations Open
September 9th, 2020 Nominations Close, 12 noon
September 10th, 2020 Open Acceptances
September 28th, 2020 Close Acceptances, 5pm
September 29th, 2020 Begin BEA Judging, Open People’s Choice Award Vote
October 9th, 2020 BEA Judging Closes, Close People’s Choice Award Poll, 5pm
October 30th, 2020 BEA Celebration Gala, all winners are presented