Excellence Awards

Award Criteria

All nominees must:
  • Be headquartered in the Chamber’s 11-county Greater Philadelphia footprint (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia in PA; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer and Salem in NJ; and New Castle, DE).
  • Have not have won an Excellence Award in the last five years.
  • Excel in an individual category criteria outlined below.
CRITERIA FOR AWARD CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

In addition to criteria listed above, the Small Business Board will also be making decision based on specific criteria in each category.

    Small Business Person of the Year

    Nominee must:

    • Have between 1 – 100 employees.
    • Be able to provide four-full years of revenue.
    • Be independently owned and operated.
    • Be the Founder, Owner, CEO or President of a company(ies).
    • Demonstrate positive social and/or economic impact on the region.
    • Exemplify civic community leadership role.

      Young Entrepreneur of the Year

      Nominee must:

      • Demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility.
      • Have achieved success at an early age and be the Founder, Owner, CEO or President of a company(ies) and be 40 years of age at time of nomination submission or younger.
      • Demonstrate a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance, creativity, and determination to be successful.
      • Provide three reasons as to why you will still be growing five years from now.

        Customer Service Excellence of the Year

        Nominee must:

        • Have between 1 – 1000 employees.
        • Be able to provide four-full years of revenue.
        • Demonstrate a history of customer feedback supported by at least five testimonials.
        • Have created an innovative program or initiative in customer service.
        • Must be open to independent Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce reference check.

          Family-Owned Business of the Year

          Nominee must:

          • Have between 1 – 1000 employees.
          • Be able to provide four-full years of revenue.
          • Be a second-generation (or older) family-owned company where executive leadership has been passed from one generation to another.
          • Demonstrate excellence in their industry.
          • Share company’s story/history and highlight the impact of most-recent generation.
          • Provide three (3) reasons as to why company will still be thriving through next generation.

           

          ImpactPHL Company of the Year

          This award is presented to a regional company or organization actively creating a positive impact on the community, their workforce and the environment.

          Nominee must:

          • Show a commitment to social responsibility.
          • Complete and submit the 20 minute online B Lab Quick Impact Assessment.

          Our programs & event staff will contact you with the additional assessment link to complete your nomination process.

            Manufacturer of the Year

            Nominee must:

            • Have between 1 – 1000 employees.
            • Be able to provide four-full years of revenue.
            • Be independently owned and operated.
            • Have SIC code that begins with 2 or 3 or NAIC code with first two digits between 31-33.
            • Demonstrate innovative manufacturing concept.
            • Exhibit strength in the area of employee training.
            • Illustrate a robust quality system.
            Non-Profit Organization of the Year

            Nominee must:

            • Have between 1 – 100 employees.
            • Be able to provide four-full years of revenue.
            • Be a 501(c).
            • Demonstrate outstanding contributions to the community.
            • Show benefits of service and how they set organization apart.
            • Provide quantitative results of initiative.
            • Spend at least 80% of budget on program expenses.

              Professional Service Excellence of the Year

              Nominee must:

              • Have between 1 – 1000 employees.
              • Be able to provide four-full years of revenue.
              • Be independently owned and operated.
              • Demonstrate excellence in their professional service industry.
              • Have created an innovative program or initiative for their industry or employees.
              • Show benefits of the program or initiative through quantitative detail or by providing at least five testimonials.

              Strategic Growth Excellence of the Year

              Nominee must:

              • Have between 1 - 1000 employees
              • Be independently or privately owned (not a subsidiary or division of another company)
              • Demonstrate substantial year over year revenue and employment growth
              • Describe a strategic growth opportunity the company has identified in the past two years and describe how it has been implemented within the business
                • Should be through the lens of one or more of the following areas: Management Culture, Talent Management, Innovation, Customer Focus, or Geographic Expansion
              • Provide 3 reasons as to why the business will still be thriving in 5 years
              • Provide at least four full years of revenue and employment

                Technological Excellence of the Year

                Nominee must:

                • Have between 1 – 100 employees.
                • Be independently owned and operated.
                • Have developed a clear visionary and transformative technology that makes a positive impact on a market.
                • Provide quantitative detail of technologies’ impact on the market.
                • Provide a summary of how company will continue to develop their technology/application in the future.