Welcome to the 2021, 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 Monday, April 27th, 2020
  • Nominations close Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 at 12:00 noon sharp
  • Nomination descriptions of why they are being nominated, may be shared with businesses, judges and/or for promotional purposes. Nominator names will not be shared.
  • Winners from the previous year may not win in the same category the following year
  • “Start Up Business Award” may only be won once
  • All businesses must meet the award criteria, rules and regulations & are subject to review by the BBT. All decisions are final
  • Acceptances may be shared with our affiliates for ongoing, next level, regional awards
  • 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. All achievements described below must have occurred within the Award Year (September 1st, 2019 to September 1st, 2020).

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 farming community
  • Dedication to environmental agricultural practices

Business Excellence Award

  • 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

Community Award

  • A business with a 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 
  • Defined goal, plan and execution

Home Based Business Of The Year Award

  • Individually owned and operated business 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

Start Up Business 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

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 online for your favourite business (criteria for voting TBA)
  • 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

  • An individual 29 years of age or younger by the nomination submission deadline of Sept. 9th 2021
  • 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

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

Nominations close: Wednesday, September 9th 2020 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 10th and will close September 28th, 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 will be rejected. Once nominations close on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 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 by popular vote. Votes are open to members of the public. The method of this vote is via our online form.
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 vote will open on September 29th and close on October 9th at 5pm sharp.

Awards Gala

Our Annual Awards Gala will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020 at which time all awards will be presented.


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 Virtual Awards Gala, all winners are presented