2017 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 Week 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.

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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, 2014)
  • 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

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Breakout Business Award

Presented by McLeod Law LLP

The Breakout Business Award is presented to the Calgary small business that has a proven track record of breakout performance, business growth and profitability in the last 3 years. This company shows strong growth and financial performance by having an exceptional understanding of their competitors and market in which they operate in. This company has a solid foundation in place to be a continued commercial success and industry leader.

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)
  • Proof of financial growth over the past 3 years 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

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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

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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). 

Applications for this award will be open until June 30, 2017.

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Customer Service Award

Presented by Air Canada

The Customer Service Award is presented to the Calgary small business that is dedicated to continuously striving to exceed customer expectations, deliver industry leading standards of service and is creative and innovative around customer experience.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

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

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Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award is presented to the Calgary small business that has been a leader in finding ways of doing business while doing good for the community. This business sees community investment as a core part of the companies’ values. 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.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

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

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Environmental Stewardship Award

Presented by CPA Alberta

The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes a Calgary small business that has demonstrated commitment and has been influential in the area of environmental sustainability through leadership and the integration of environmentally responsible practices into their business model.

Please note that finalists do not have to be an environmental service company, where the core business function is focused on the environment, but the company can simply be a business that has a long-term commitment to environmental sustainability.

For example: A hair salon that has a huge focus on the environment, and therefore only purchases environmentally friendly products, initiates community projects focused on the environment and uses bullfrog electricity. This company would qualify for this award.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • Meet the general Small Business Weeks Award criteria
  • Complete the full application

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People's Choice

Presented by News Talk 770

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!

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