2018 Truliant Small Business &
Independent Small Business Awards

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The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce is a supporter of local small businesses and is proud of their hard work in the community. The 2018 Truliant Small Business & Independent Small Business Awards recognizes small companies for their success and contributions to the community, while showcasing their achievements at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting.

 

Nominations

Starting in mid-June, we will solicit nominations from as many sources in the community as possible. This includes emails to small businesses and those that provide services to small businesses, business and civic associations, advertisements on our website, newsletters, social media, press releases, etc.

  • Anyone can nominate a company
  • The nomination process is extremely easy and will only take about 1 minute
  • Anyone can nominate more than one company
  • A company only needs to be nominated once
  • Award winners ARE NOT chosen by how many nominations they receive
  • Self-nominations by employees and owners are encouraged

Please submit nominations to Walter Farabee NO LATER THAN July 31, 2018. Please include company name and a contact person with contact information.

 

Application Process

Chamber staff will contact nominees to congratulate them on their nomination and explain the application process. Nominees will have approximately two weeks to compile a small written packet that covers company history, business or management philosophy, response to challenges, innovative products or services offered and community-oriented contributions in their own words. The application does not require companies to disclose financials. The deadline for completing the application is August 31, 2018.

Click here to access the 2018 application.

 

Eligibility

We strive to recognize a mix of excellent, diverse small businesses that meet the following criteria:

Independent Small Business Award

  • A Chamber member
  • Locally owned and operated with 50 full-time employees or less (company-wide)
  • Is a viable for-profit company that has experienced success in its industry
  • Has been in business for at least three years
  • Maintains a responsible and rewarding workplace environment
  • Gives back to our community through volunteerism, contributions, or in-kind services

Small Business Award

  • A Chamber member
  • Locally operated
  • Franchise business with 50 full-time employees or less
  • Is a viable for-profit company that has experienced success in its industry
  • Has been in business for at least three years
  • Maintains a responsible and rewarding workplace environment
  • Gives back to our community through volunteerism, contributions, or in-kind services

 

Award Selection Process

  • A contact person at each nominated company will receive a brief award questionnaire.
  • The questionnaire will focus on gathering specific information to measure the company to the award’s criteria.
  • Only companies that complete and return the questionnaire will be considered.
  • An independent panel of judges will review the completed questionnaires and will decide the award winners.

 

Award Criteria

Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Company mission and vision (maximum score 30 points)
  • Community contributions (maximum score 30 points)
  • Business hurdles and how they were handled (maximum score 20 points)
  • Revenue and employee growth (maximum score 20 points)
  • Additional business factors (bonus – maximum 10 points)

 

Judging/Announcement

The application packets are scored by the council. The council is comprised of Truliant Federal Credit Union staff, four college/university small business experts, and a Chamber of Commerce representative. Five applicants will be named as finalists, with the award recipient announced at the Chamber’s 2018 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.