The Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant is proud to announce that nominations for our annual Business Excellence Awards are open for 2023. Please ensure your nominee meets all criteria before submitting them for consideration. See the nomination form below for details.
To qualify, the nominated organization must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant is in good standing. It is awarded to a business or organization whose community investments have yielded the greatest social return on investment. The qualified organization must meet the following criteria:
Have been operating in Brantford-Brant for three years or more
Have initiative(s) that demonstrates sustained and long‐term commitment to improving the quality of life in the community
Have policies and practices that demonstrate accountability and responsibility to the community
Measurable impact of success.
Enterprise Brant Entrepreneur of the Year Award
To qualify, the individual must be operating a business at their own financial risk, and been in his/her present business for a minimum of three years, and meet the following criteria:
Exceptional Business Achievements
High Standard of Employee Relations and Customer Relations
Excellence in Community Relations
Advancements in Product Innovation and/or Technology
Growth in Sales and/or Employment
Demonstrates Environmental Responsibility
Actively promotes Brantford-Brant
Waterous, Holden, Amey, Hitchon Company of the Year Award
To qualify, the nominated business must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant, in good standing, have been in operation for a minimum of five years and meet the following criteria:
Have been in business for five years or more
Have made exceptional business achievements
High standard of employee relations and customer relations
Strong Corporate Philosophy
Embrace new technologies and markets
Positive image and impact in this region
Demonstrates Environmental Responsibility
Demonstrates Exemplary Corporate Citizenship
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award Sponsored by OLG
To qualify, the nominated organization must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant in good standing and in operation for five years. It recognizes organizations that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to creating workplaces that are inclusive, respectful, and reflective of the community in which they exist.
Actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Demonstrates consistent efforts to recognize the elements that make individuals unique
Operates a work environment where all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully
Creates opportunities to start conversations and advances a sense of belonging
Embraces corporate citizenship through leadership in social responsibility
David Baxter Memorial Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement
To qualify, the individual should possess many of the qualities associated with great leaders: have a purpose, show passion, be persistent, demonstrate patience, and be present. Presented to a member of the community, who, through their support and initiative, has made the community a better place to work, live, play and conduct business.
Highly respected by peers
Serves as a mentor for other leaders
Has chaired or been active on boards of not-for-profit organizations
Respectful of all, regardless of social position and ability
If leading a business, has implemented strong corporate volunteer and/or fundraising initiatives which serve as an example of excellence to other businesses
Philanthropic on a personal level
The Brant United Way “Not for Profit” Resiliency Exceptional Business Acumen Award.
This award is specifically for not-for-profit organizations and/or charities that have demonstrated exceptional business practices that strengthen their ability to be more efficient, effective, and/or resilient.
Focusing on not-for-profit businesses that have applied learnings from the for-profit world to strategically enhance business functions such as financial management, marketing/communications, human resources, and organization design.
Highlighting the increasing challenges not-for-profits are experiencing and how sound business practices go hand in hand with responsive service delivery. The business systems must have been implemented within the two years.
Criteria – This award will be evaluated through a business lens, not from a service standpoint. Business strategies and systems to address items that include, but are not limited to:
Diversifying revenue models
Implementing more effective cost controls/finding efficiencies
Developed a new marketing strategy/organizational communication plan
Successfully deployed strategies to be more viable and sustainable
Became more resilient and/or enhanced business continuity plans.
Past recipients of the Individual Outstanding Achievement award are: