2018 SBWYYC Awards

What defines a "small business"?

The Calgary Chamber defines a small business as a company with fewer than 100 full-time employees.*

* Based on Industry Canada's definition of a small business

Who is eligible to apply for a Small Business Calgary Award?

To be eligible for any of the Small Business Week Awards, applicants must:

Awards


ATB Small Business of the Year Award

Presented by ATB Business

The ultimate hardware at Small Business Week, the ATB Small Business of the Year Award is presented to the Calgary small business that has demonstrated significant business achievement, has sustained growth with a pathway for future growth, and shows the potential to go on to become a true pillar of our city; a leader in Calgary’s business community.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • Meet the general Small Business Week Awards criteria
  • Provide a business plan or concept (provide as an attachment in application)
  • Provide 3 or more years of consecutive financial records 
  • These records will be kept in strict confidentiality and destroyed after the awards program

Applicants should also apply to at least one award category (apart from the People’s Choice Award), but it is not a requirement.

BDC Emerging Growth Award

Presented by BDC

The Emerging Growth Award is presented to the new emerging small business that has shown rapid growth and profitability in its first 1-3 years of operations, and shows the potential for future growth and commercial success.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • Meet the general Small Business Week Award criteria
  • Have been operating for 3 years or less (no earlier than September 1, 2015)
  • Provide a business plan or concept (provide as an attachment in application)
  • Proof of financial growth through providing consecutive financial records (provide as an attachment in application)
    These records will be kept in strict confidentiality and destroyed after the awards program

Hometown Hero 

Presented by McLeod Law LLP

Unlike other Small Business Week Awards, the Hometown Hero award is award to a business who has grown to become a community staple, a household name. This business has been around for a while and has proven to be a champion throughout the city.

This award is decided by a committee vote, nominations and applications will not be accepted for it. 

Innovation Award

Presented by Servus Credit Union

The Innovation Award is presented to the Calgary small business that is pushing conventional boundaries and is disrupting and reshaping their industry through groundbreaking achievements in bringing innovation to market. This could be done in the following ways: a creative business concept that brings innovation to market, product creation or an innovative approach that improves productivity or work processes.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • Meet the general Small Business Week Awards criteria
  • Complete the full application

Indigenous Entrepreneurship Award

The Indigenous Entrepreneurship Award is presented to a leading Indigenous small business, which through a strong business concept shows plans for future growth and viability over the long term. Additionally, this business demonstrates a strong understanding of their market and competitors, and has a long-term commitment to the community.

 To be considered for this award, applicants must meet the general Small Business Week Award criteria and be an Indigenous owned and operated small business in the Southern Alberta region (Red Deer south).

The winner will be determined by a committee vote, nominations and applications will not be accepted for this award. 

Company Culture Award

PRESENTED BY Elevated HR

The company culture award is present to a company leading the way in employee engagement, satisfaction and retention. Proving to be an industry leader in company culture, this business is innovative in the way it attracts and retains employees, demonstrating it is leading the way in company culture.  

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • Meet the general Small Business Week Awards criteria
  • Complete the full application
  • Allow the judging committee to do an onsite tour of your business
  • Provide three employees willing to speak to the judges regarding culture

Social Entrepreneurship Award

Presented by CPA Alberta

The Social Entrepreneurship Award is presented to the Calgary small business that has been a leader in finding ways of doing business while doing good for the large community and environment. Whether this is through monetary contributions to local charities, to finding innovative ways to be resourceful and respect the environment. These businesses truly look out for the triple bottom line – people, profits, plant. Please note that this award is open to businesses from all industries. Applicants do not have to be companies that work exclusively in community engagement or the environment. 

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • Meet the general Small Business Week Awards criteria
  • Complete the full application

 

KPMG People's Choice Award

PRESENTED BY KPMG

The People’s Choice Award is presented to the Calgary small business that can demonstrate they have engaged the loyal support of their community. As the only Small Business Week Calgary Award determined by public vote, this small business must show that their community thinks they go above and beyond.

Successful businesses are those that will engage their audiences, use innovative marketing to drive votes, and generally hustle to win. If that sounds like you, go for it!