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, 2015.
  • Companies headquartered in Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk counties. Must be a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

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, 2015.
  • Companies headquartered in Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk counties must be a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

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, 2017.

Judging Criteria

Judging for the 2018 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 Mar. 1, 2018.

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