2017 Award Categories

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Micro Business

Up to 10 Employees

A big shout out to a company in any industry for excellence as a start-up, growth model or sustaining business with a vision, who engages in innovative practices, is outstanding in their professional field and offers a promising positive future. A business plan, vision, and solid growth are part of today’s and tomorrow’s success.

Small & Medium Enterprise of the Year

11 – 49 Employees

Awarded to a company in any industry for excellence as a business with a vision and demonstrated capacity for sustainable growth, engagement in innovative practices, demonstrating outstanding performance in their field who also consider their positive impact on the community.

Major Employer of the Year

50+ Employees

Recognizes a company in any industry for excellence as a business who engages in innovative practices, is outstanding as a pioneer in their field and are focused on positively impacting the community. Shows promise for growth and increased positive stimulus for the community as an economic driver.

Hospitality Operator of the Year

Any hotel, motel, campground, or bed and breakfast can be nominated in this category.  If they offer ‘best-in-class’ hospitality, can boast great testimonials and consistently receive top rankings… they deserve your nomination!

Dining Excellence

Presented to a restaurant/pub that consistently demonstrates excellence in food service, quality and presentation, is proactive with changing market trends, provides a variety of menu choices and gives good value.  It pays special attention to making its customers feel special and comfortable while, at the same time enjoying exceptional food, atmosphere and service.

Retailer of the Year

Excellence in a retail environment through presentation of a unique concept, an intriguing environment, unique products and/or services and consistent delivery of high-value customer service. Could be a mall tenant,  the local operator of a chain outlet or a franchise, a local independent — anyone who stands out in this tough industry!

Professional Services of the Year

A Nanaimo area business in banking, legal, financial or other professional services recognized for their product range, industry knowledge and customer satisfaction. They are noted for their excellent customer, industry, and employee relationships and their contributions to the community.

Planning, Design, Architecture, Engineering Firm of the Year

High quality planning and design of our built environment creates enjoyable places and spaces that produce a more livable and ‘successful city’. The changing look of our city’s building forms and designs in the recent past ensure this category will be lively. Before it’s built, who figures out what it will look like? How will Nanaimo present itself? Nominate & vote for those you know.

Development/ Construction of the Year

Nanaimo is being increasingly shaped through human activity in its buildings, public spaces, streets and roads. Development and construction continues to drive a large part of Nanaimo’s economy. Big or small, Nanaimo’s contractors, trades, developers and builders shape a big part of our community. Who’s doing the best job these days?

Technology-Based Business of the Year

It’s time to recognize significant achievements locally in the unique development and/or execution of technology and innovation that shows market success. Creative business practices resulting in productivity growth, expansion of existing markets, opening of new markets, product research and development and technological change are all tips to nominees.

Arts & Culture Business of the Year

Expressed in a broad range of activities and events that promote a vibrant Nanaimo by celebrating arts, culture, heritage, education, heritage and ethnicity. Support for cultural activities creates an opportunity to celebrate the gifts and talents of a broad cross-section of Nanaimo’s population while promoting the creative economy. Award nominees may include an individual, a business, group, organization or event.

Sustainability Excellence of the Year

In recognition of a local business that is a leader in environmental and sustainable practices. Business sustainability is about creating more goods and services with less use of resources, waste and pollution.

Best Customer Service by an Individual or Business

Expressed in a broad range of activities and events that promote a vibrant Nanaimo by celebrating arts, culture, heritage, education, heritage and ethnicity. support for cultural activities creates an opportunity to celebrate the gifts and talents of a broad cross-section of Nanaimo’s population while promoting the creative economy. Award nominees may include an individual, a business, group, organization or event.

Employee of the Year

The Employee of the Year is recognized as a superior supporter of staff and management in the workplace. They are often referred to as “the glue”. Nominees are staff who make exceptional contributions to their place of employment, their customers and the Nanaimo community at large. Could be retail, hospitality, home-based, institutional, government – whomever!

Real Estate

Recognizes a firm or individual from the real estate industry who demonstrates initiatives that advance the professionalism of that sector. The award celebrates the achievements of the mixed-use real estate industry and associated businesses. Award criteria focuses o n results, skills and values. We recognize outstanding individuals, teams and organizations for their commitment to excellence.

Healthcare & Medical Service Business of the Year

Nanaimo is home to hundreds of businesses in the health care and health sciences field, mainly thanks to NRGH. Our medical professionals and care specialists service a very broad geographic area. Whether it’s a favourite clinic that seems to always go above and beyond, a retailer – eye care, pharmaceutical, supplements outlet with service second to none.

Automotive Business of the Year

We’re looking to honour new and used auto dealerships as well as associated businesses like auto repairs, parts and service outlets, body shops, and recognize their professional accomplishments, community involvement and contribution to the auto industry. In fact, any business that touches on transportation in our car-centric city.

Sustainability Excellence of the Year

In recognition of a local business that is a leader in environmental and sustainable practices. Business sustainability is about creating more goods and services with less use of resources, waste and pollution.

Young Entrepreneur

Presented to an outstanding individual who must exemplify entrepreneurial spirit, is of age 40 or under, who has distinguished him/herself by building their own business or partnership (owning majority of shares). This award symbolizes the achievements of the innovative entrepreneur who inspires others with his/her vision, leadership, and achievement.

Youth Spirit & Initiatives – High School Students 

Individuals who, through their spirit, enthusiasm and dedication, are clearly making extraordinary contributions to the community at an early age.

Not-For-Profit Organization of the Year

This award is presented to a not for profit organization that exemplifies excellence and innovation in their programs, services and projects and their efforts to serve the community. Their commitment to fulfilling community need through volunteer involvement and leadership.