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2020 Small Business of the Year Nomination Info & Form

The South Bend Regional Chamber will recognize the invaluable contributions and achievements of small businesses in St. Joseph County. We invite your nominations:

  • You may nominate your own business
  • Nominees must be members of the South Bend Regional Chamber
  • There is no nomination cost
  • Nominees must have fewer than 100 employees
  • Nominees cannot be a subsidiary of a larger organization
  • Nominees must be for-profit businesses

 

Evaluation Criteria

  • Business operations. Describe what the business sells and briefly describe its operations.
  • Staying power. A substantiated history as an established business (in business a minimum of three years).
  • Growth in number of employees. Explain impact of the business on the job market. #Employees at start up and current #employees.
  • Increase in sales and/or unit volume. Indicate continued growth over the last three years through September 2019.
  • Current and past financial performance. Give examples of improved financial position of the business.
  • Innovation of product or service offered. Describe uniqueness of product or service; explain how product or service fits a niche not being adequately addresses by the competition.
  • Response to adversity. Examples of problems faced in the nominee’s business and the methods used to solve them.
  • Contributions to community-oriented projects; personal time/resources.

Nomination Deadline: December 9, 2019.

Complete Nomination Form below for consideration. Thank you!

*Required Field

*Nominator's Name
*Nominator's Phone Number
*Nominator's Email
*Name of Company You Want to Nominate
Nominee Company Chief Executive/Owner
*Nominee Company Address
*Nominee Company City, State, ZIP
*Phone Number for Nominee Contact
*Company Nominee Contact Email
*Date Business Started
*Business Operations. Describe what the business sells, and briefly describe its operations.
*Staying Power. Indicate the company's substantiated history as an established business (in business a minimum of three years).
*Growth in #of Employees. Explain impact of the business on the job market.
*# of Employees at Start Up
*# of Current Employees
*Increase in Sales and/or Unit Volume. Indicate continued growth over the last three years through September 2019.
*Current and Past Financial Performance. Give examples of improved financial position of the business.
*Product/Service Innovation. Describe uniqueness of product/service; Explain how product or service fits a niche not being adequately addressed by the competition.
*Response to Adversity. Describe examples of problems faced in the nominee's business and the methods used to solve them.
*Contributions to Community. List nominee's contributions to the community (time, resources).
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