Small Business of the Year Nominations

Qualifications for Outstanding Business Leader

  • Leader in a for-profit company with 5-250 employees.
  • Companies must be headquartered in Tampa Bay (which includes Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk, counties) and have done business there for the last three years.
  • Conducted business operations for three (3) complete years and were incorporated on or before January 1, 2018.
  • Companies headquartered in Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk counties must be a member of the Tampa Bay Chamber.

Qualifications for Companies Applying

  • For-profit company with 5-250 employees.
  • Companies must be headquartered in Tampa Bay (which includes Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties) and have done business there for the last three years.
  • Conducted business operations for three (3) complete years and were incorporated on or before January 1, 2018.
  • Companies headquartered in Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk counties must be a member of the Tampa Bay Chamber.

Qualifications for Startup Companies Applying

  • For-profit company with 1-250 employees.
  • Companies must be headquartered in Tampa Bay (which includes Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties) and have done business there for at least one (1) complete year.
  • Conducted business operations for at least one (1) complete year and were incorporated by January 1, 2020.
  • If your company has conducted business operations for three (3) complete years and was incorporated on or before January 1, 2018, please apply for the standard award instead of this startup business award.

Judging Criteria

Judging for the Small Business of the Year Awards will be based upon the following criteria (in no particular order of importance):

  1. History & philosophy (solid ethical business practices)
  2. Management (business goals, planning)
  3. Operational management (personnel, profitability, administrative processes)
  4. Innovativeness, technology and response to adversity/economic conditions/competition
  5. Leadership philosophy and community contributions (community service involvement, leadership, corporate citizenship)

The nomination period ends at 5pm, Mar. 8, 2021.

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