It is an exciting time for business leaders. With business awards season around the corner, the advantages of applying, becoming a finalist, and even winning business awards are huge. They are not only a cost-effective way to thank and honour your valued employees and to build your brand/raise your profile, they also prove your excellence as a business leader. They impress partners, clients and investors and give you an opportunity to join a network of exceptional organizations.
Here is a list of some upcoming business awards, a description of each, and their application/nomination deadlines:
Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Companies 2012
Deadline: March 30, 2012
The Ottawa Business Journal is aiming to identify the region’s fastest growing private companies. No matter what industry you’re in — if you’re a startup or a seasoned player — your company may qualify. This is a unique opportunity for the region’s rising stars to be recognized for substantial, sustainable and profitable growth.
Deadline: March 31, 2012
The PROFIT 200 is the authoritative ranking of Canada’s top 200 private and public companies by five-year revenue growth. Results of the annual survey, with stories profiling these growth leaders, are published in the summer issue of PROFIT.
Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures
Deadline: April 6, 2012
Now in its 8th year, Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures annually recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having a culture that has helped enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.
2012 BDC Young Entrepreneur Awards
Deadline April 8, 2012
BDC Young Entrepreneur Awards recognize, encourage and support young entrepreneurs who put innovation at the heart of their business strategy. This award is for entrepreneurs aged 18 – 35 (as of December 31, 2011) to submit plans for innovation projects that will either improve their company’s processes, products or services, or their ability to better meet their clients’ needs. https://www.bdcyoungentrepreneuraward.ca
The International Stevies Business Awards
Deadlines: April 11, 2012 (early bird), May 17, 2012 (final)
The Stevie Awards are a premier international business award. The mission of the Stevie Awards is to recognize and generate public awareness of excellence in the workplace. The Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working people worldwide.
Twitter: @The StevieAwards
HSBC Business Without Borders International Business Awards
Deadline: April 16
The Business without Borders HSBC International Business Awards celebrates the very best of Canadian companies doing business internationally. The program recognizes both small-to-medium and large enterprises, as well as those doing business in the fast growing regions of Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Avenue Magazine Calgary’s 40 under 40
Deadline: April 30, 2012
Honouring Calgary’s best and brightest who excel in his or her career, are passionate about contributing to the community, and work to help raise the profile ofCalgary.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Deadline: April 30, 2012
For nearly 20 years, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards have celebrated countless entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity. And these bold men and women continue to move forward — launching new ventures, creating jobs and driving growth — even in challenging times.
Avenue Magazine Edmonton’s 40 under 40
Deadline: May 12, 2012
Honouring Edmonton’s best and brightest who excel in his or her career, are passionate about contributing to the community, and work to help raise the profile ofEdmonton.
RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards
Deadline: May 31st
The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards believes it is vital to Canada’s future economic development and prosperity that entrepreneurs, particularly women entrepreneurs, be encouraged and cultivated. To date, over 10,000 women ranging from their early 20s to their mid-eighties, from every sector of the economy, have been nominated for outstanding entrepreneurial achievements.
WXN’s Canad’a Most Powerful Women: Top 100
Deadline: May 31, 2012
Now in its 10th year, the Top 100 Awards have honoured 584 female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. This is a great opportunity for Canadian organizations and individuals to shine a national spotlight on inspiring women who are transforming their workplaces and the communities in which they live.
Ontario Business Achievement Awards
Deadline: June 1, 2012
The Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) were created to celebrate Ontario’s rich history of innovative, ethical and profitable business. Launched in 1983, the OBAAs shine a spotlight on innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that are at the heart of business in Ontario.