Regional Chamber Awards

 

Submit a 2019 Nomination

 

Awards: Small Business of the Year | Business of the Year | Community Revitalization Award | New Business of the Year | Non-profit of the Year | Best Place to Work | Industry Innovator | Tourism Leader of the Year | Young Professional of the Year


Small Business of the Year

Company must have fewer than 150 employees, been in business for at least two years (less than two – see New Business award criteria), and have a physical presence in eastern CT.
The following should be considered in your nomination:

  • Community involvement
  • Preservation of skills and/or product in Connecticut
  • Annual growth %
  • Innovative, green, or other unique or progressive business practices

Business of the Year

Company must have more than 150 employees, been in business for at least two years (less than two – see New Business award criteria), and have a physical presence in eastern CT.
The following should be considered in your nomination:

  • Number of people employed in Connecticut
  • Community involvement
  • Preservation of skills and/or product in Connecticut
  • Annual growth %
  • Innovative, green, or other unique or progressive business practices

Community Revitalization Award

This award recognizes a business that has made a tangible difference in the local community through specific efforts. The following should be considered in your nomination:

  • Expense and size of project, including risk of private funds
  • Employment generated, or potential
  • Preservation of existing infrastructure and impact on environment
  • Positive impact on the surrounding community

New Business of the Year

Company must be independently-owned, established within the last two years, and can be any size business with a physical presence in eastern CT. This does not refer to new ownership/management of an existing business.
The following should be considered in your nomination:

  • Knowledgeable of product, and/or bringing new product or service to the region
  • Employment generated, or potential
  • Dedication to customer service and community involvement

Non-profit of the Year

A 501c3 or c6 organization that provides a valued service with a physical presence in eastern CT.
The following should be considered in your nomination:

  • Initiatives that make eastern CT a better place to live
  • Programs unique to your organization
  • Opportunities for growth and development of staff or volunteers

Best Place to Work

A workplace that demonstrates an exceedingly positive corporate culture for its employees, including but not limited to:

  • Healthy work-life balance for employees
  • Employing green/innovative practices
  • Atmosphere of diversity and inclusion
  • Opportunities for employee growth, training, development
  • Community involvement

Industry Innovator

Presented to a local business that is:

  • Adapting to the marketplace by introducing or embracing new concepts or technologies to better serve customers and the community
  • Provides new, unique opportunities for its workforce development

Tourism Leader of the Year

A business that has demonstrated excellence in the region’s tourism industry through:

  • Commitment to superior customer service and staff knowledge/training
  • Annual growth %
  • Efforts to expand and diversify products or services
  • Tourism advocacy and community involvement

Young Professional of the Year

A young adult, age 18-40, who has demonstrated:

  • Dedication to career success through advancement, entrepreneurialism, or implementation of new programs/practices
  • Commitment to community service through volunteerism, board activity, etc.
  • Membership in the Young Professionals of Eastern CT is preferred but not required

 

Submit a 2019 Nomination