Small Business Person of the Year - For developing an outstanding, growing organization; innovative product(s), increasing jobs, increasing sales, overcoming adversity, and community contributions.
Small Business of the Year - Staying power – a substantiated history as an established business, growth in the number of employees, increase in sales, innovative product(s), overcoming adversity, and evidence of contributions by nominee to aid community-oriented projects.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year - A youthful vibrance - key to any thriving small business. Recognizing the business leaders under 40 years of age is vital as we continue to grow our economic community.
Family-Owned Small Business of the Year - A locally owned functioning business which has been passed from one generation to another with at least a 15-year track record; growth in the number of employees; increase in sales; contributions to the community; nominees must serve as a majority owner and operator; award is presented to the company.
Professional of the Year - Occupation is traditionally viewed as a “profession” (such as doctors, pharmacists, accountants, dentists, engineers, architects, lawyers, etc.); open to an individual or small business; innovation, resourcefulness, and creativity in response to adversity; evidence of contributions to enhance community, use of personal time and resources; evidence of growth or expansion.
Agriculture Champion of the Year - An established farm/agricultural business that has demonstrated sound business practices and leadership within the agricultural sector based on economic impact, marketing innovative farm practices, and dollar investment in the community.
Diversity Small Business Champion of the Year - Staying power - a substantiated history as an established business, growth in the number of employees, increase in sales, innovative product(s), overcoming adversity, and evidence of contributions by nominee to aid community-oriented projects, and must be at least 50.1% minority owned.
“Go Local” Small Business Champion of the Year - A local business, individual, or not-for-profit organization committed to continual reinvestment of revenue back into the local economy through innovative and collaborative partnerships with local vendors, customers, and users. A champion of local brick and mortar businesses and other organizations by consciously choosing a local option when competitively available.