Business and Community Achievement Awards 2017

Rules of Entry and Nomination Form

Nominations are now closed! Look for announcement of the Finalists in the Nanaimo News Bulletin.

Nominations and their supporting documents, the judging and voting process, and the compilation of scores to establish winners shall remain confidential to the GNCoC.

Eligibility and Submission Requirements

  • Nominees do not need to be members of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce
  • A business or individual may not receive the same award once they have won it for three years.
  • A business may be a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a corporation
  • A business may be small, an independent retailer, a service business, a franchise operator, an agricultural operation or manufacturer.
  • A business/individual may submit nominators forms for more than one business
  • A business may be nominated for more than one award but no more than three.
  • A business cannot be related to the nominee.

Submission Requirements for Nominees

  • ALL categories on the nomination form are scored and therefore must be completed.
  • Supporting materials must be kept to a maximum of 5 single sided pages.
  • It is the responsibility of the nominee to ensure that all patents/copyrights are protected.
  • If nominating a business for more than one award, individual nominations online must be submitted for each award category.

What information must the nomination package contain

  • List the key achievements of the business
  • A description of the nature of the business
  • The highpoints of your business this past year. For example, customer service, workplace environment, employee retention, growth in staff and/or facility size, awards, innovative approach to marketing or product development, media coverage, or special aspects of the business.
  • Community Contribution – list of organizations in which the business or its personnel have participated and any highlights relating to that involvement. This can include memberships, staff’s volunteer contributions, financial support, sponsorships, etc.

What is the Process?

The following steps in the selections process:

  • Nomination submission must be submitted by the deadline date of March 17th, 2017. The nominator must submit their name, phone number and email address in case the nomination committee request clarification or more information
  • The nominee will then be contacted by the Chamber to explain the process.
  • The nominee will then submit their award application to the Chamber by March 24th, 2017.
  • The nomination committee will be charged to base their decision solely on the nominee’s accomplishments as documented on the nomination submission.
  • Each committee member will review the nominations and rate them on a rate scale from 1-3 with 1 (lowest) 3 (highest) in each category.
  • The Judges’ committee will meet as a group and a vote will be taken with each committee member ranking each nominee in the areas of criteria.
  • The MNP will verify the votes and results of the committee.
  • The nominee with the most committee votes is selected in each category.
  • In case of a tie the committee will case a second round of votes for the tied candidates only.
  • Winners will be announced at the annual Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards gala event in May 4, 2017 at the Port Theatre Nanaimo.
  • Members of the selection committee are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Nominators are not eligible to serve on the selection committee
  • All entries will remain the property of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.

Additional Information

The following information is not mandatory, but may positively affect your judging score.

  • Letters of support reflecting the nominee’s initiatives and achievements are helpful.
  • Articles or other media pieces portraying the nominee’s efforts.
  • Any other materials (e.g. company reports) illustrating the nominees commitment to developing their business in Nanaimo.

Helpful Hints

  • Applicants are judged using a points system. Detailed answers typically trigger more points; therefore, make your application as complete as possible.
  • The Selection Committee consists of individuals who will not be familiar with your business, please be clear about what you do and avoid the use of abbreviations and jargon.
  • The judging criteria for all Awards takes into account the relative size of the business and the relative impact of their activities.