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Description of the Process

The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce is asking the business community for nominations in seven separate categories: New Business of the Year, Micro Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Innovator of the Year and new this year, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advancement Award. As in the past, we ask that you give us a nomination “suggestion”. We will then contact the suggested nominee to confirm their eligibility and ensure that they are willing to accept the nomination. AVCC provides the list of confirmed nominees to the Head Judge, who will contact the accepted nominees directly to provide them with a more detailed judging questionnaire. The nominees submit their completed information package directly to the Head Judge.  The Chamber is not part of the judging process. The Chamber Executive and Directors have no influence on the outcome of the judging process. Like those in attendance, we do not know who the winners are until the envelopes are opened on Awards night.


General Eligibility Requirements

Nominees or those nominating are not required to be a member of Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce, however the business must be operated in the area served by AVCC (Hantsport to Lawrencetown). 

  • All nominees must accept and approve their nomination.

  • Nominees must not have been awarded the category in the previous two years.

  • Nominees or a representative must be in attendance at the awards banquet (one free ticket will provided to each nominee)

  • Members of the business awards judging panel are not eligible.


Category Requirements

New Business: The nominee must have an active for profit business located or operating in the Annapolis Valley for less than three years as of November 1, 2016.

Micro Business: The nominee must have an active for profit business located or operating in the Annapolis Valley with a total number of employees not exceeding 5.  For purposes of the business awards, contractors are considered employees.  Business must be owner-operated for a minimum of three years.

Small Business: The nominee must have an active for profit business located or operating in the Annapolis Valley with a total number of employees not exceeding 25. For purposes of the business awards, contractors are considered employees.  Business must be owner operated for a minimum of three years.

Large Business: The nominee must have an active for profit business located or operating in the Annapolis Valley with more than 25 employees. For purposes of the business awards, contractors are considered employees. 

Exporter: Active for profit business operation in the Annapolis Valley more than 3 years old with a significant strength in export to be solely judged on this element. Requires the business to export a product/service outside of Nova Scotia.

Innovator: Active for profit business operation in the Annapolis Valley more than 3 years old with a significant strength in innovation to be solely judged on this element. Focus is on significant creation in product/service or process that distinguishes the business in the market or industry.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advancement Award: Active for profit business located and operating in the Annapolis Valley with a demonstrable commitment to advancing principles of equity, diversity, and/or inclusion throughout their organization. The focus of this award is on the work of a business to become more diverse, equitable, and/or inclusive of all peoples. Initiatives can be internal to the organization, external, or both but must touch on at least one of the following areas: Gender/Sexual Diversity, Indigenous Rights, Anti-Racism & Discrimination, Disability Rights, Gender Equity, and Inclusion.


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Nomination Deadline: 4:00 pm on October 1st

Name of business being nominated
Please select the category of which you wish to nominate this business
Nominee Contact Person
Nominee Contact Person
If known, please provide the main contact for the business being nominated
Nominee Phone Number
Nominee Phone Number
If known, please provide the phone number or the business being nominated
Your Name *
Your Name
Your Phone Number *
Your Phone Number

Past Awards