SSMCOC Business Awards
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Indigenous Business of the Year Award - This award is presented to a business who is operating or being managed with a minimum of 51% ownership. Businesses to be considered have distinguished themselves by fostering growth, innovation, marketing strategy, and consumer excellence, while showing leadership and dedication to the preservation of culture, values and identity.
Customer First Award - Individual - This award recognizes an individual who continuously raises customer service to new standards of excellence and is a role model for others in customer service.
Customer First Award - Business, Non-Profit or Agency - This award showcases a business or non-profit that places the customer experience at the heart of their business strategy and builds a sustainable culture of customer service within their organization.
Employer of the Year Award - This award recognizes an employer who has created cultures and communities, through every aspect of their business. To be fair to businesses in Sault Ste. Marie of all sizes, this award does not incorporate tangible aspects of employment, such as salary, benefits, pension, etc.
Downtown Business of the Year Award - In support of the City of Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Strategy as well as the strategic plan of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, this award recognizes a business that is invested in the downtown business community and for their contribution to Downtown Sault Ste. Marie. This award honors their commitment to running a business in the heart of our city and their role in creating a vibrant Downtown.
Business of the Year Award - This award is based on a holistic picture of business. Businesses to be considered have distinguished themselves by fostering growth, innovation, marketing strategy, and consumer excellence in their sectors.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award - This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of young entrepreneur(s) between 18 and 39 years of age. The award is given to an individual responsible for the success and growth of a Sault Ste. Marie-based company. This person(s) exemplifies the qualities of effective leadership, excellent potential for growth, appreciates the importance in social, cultural, and environmental awareness and has demonstrated commitment to the wider community. Business partners who are equally responsible for entrepreneurial achievement may be named as co-nominees, and will be a shared recipient of the award.
Safe Work, Sound Business Award - The Safe Work, Sound Business Award recognizes a business that uses a safe work management system, participates in workplace and / or community injury prevention programs and has outstanding injury-free frequency and injury severity performance.
Community First Award - This award highlights outstanding community service. The recipient must contribute to the well-being of the community as a whole, through initiatives such as sourcing products and / or services locally, retailing / utilizing local products, employment growth, and supporting the community from a charitable aspect.
Diversity Award - This award recognizes a business or organization that embraces, celebrates and applies holistic inclusion and participation of a diverse people making the workplace a better environment in which to work, and the community a better place in which to live, work and raise a family.
Community Non-Profit Business of the Year Award - This award recognizes excellence and innovation among Non-Profit organizations resulting in significant social impact within Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma district. These achievements can be met through the application of creative and practical approaches to benefit the community in general with an emphasis on under-served populations. Qualifying businesses are non-profit or registered charitable organizations that have two primary goals: to achieve social and/or cultural and economic outcomes, and to generate sufficient cash flow to continue to support their causes.
Leader in Accessibility Award - This award recognizes an organization that shows leadership in integrating and providing accessible and barrier-free working conditions for employees and accessibility in customer service. This business or organization values the contributions of persons with disabilities, promotes the development of an inclusive workplace culture and is compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. In order to qualify for this award, organizations who are required to file an accessibility compliance report, must provide verification upon submission of their nomination package.
Innovation Award - This award recognizes a business that has successfully incorporated a new idea, device or method and/or has utilized the application of better solutions to meet new requirements, internal needs, or market needs.
Rising Star New Business Award - In recognition of a business that has been in operation for 1 - 3 years, that has demonstrated strong potential via growth, innovation, and leadership. Additionally, the business has demonstrated a culture of risk-taking and trailblazing and has positioned itself to achieve similar successes in the future through new or innovative product or service, quality of merchandise/ customer service, job creation, growth potential, and market served.
Beyond Borders Award - This award recognizes a business in any industry for excellence in the development of export markets for their products or services, through implementing a new export strategy, within the last three years, that has positively affected its bottom line.
Skipper Manzzutti Award for Business Achievement - This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding business achievement within the past year, or number of years. Like the award's name-sake, the recipient of this award has set a high standard for exemplary entrepreneurial and community minded achievement.
Paul Dalseg Community Achievement Award - This award recognizes a local businessperson who has demonstrated exemplary interest in the community, making a major, outstanding and unique achievement or contribution to the life of the community. It is intended to recognize the leadership and community-mindedness of businessmen and women.