The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts our annual Business Awards celebrating nominees from our business community. Businesses are nominated from seven separate categories: New Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion Advancement Award, Entrepreneur of the Year, Not-for-Profit of the Year, and Innovator of the Year. The nominees submit a judging package which will be brought before a panel of judges to identify the winners.

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Award Categories

New Business of the Year

The recipient of the New Business of the Year award has been active for less than two years as of April 3rd, 2024. They have showcased remarkable business performance within a brief timeframe, indicating significant potential for future growth. Their operation serves as a source of inspiration for other emerging businesses and reflects a strong dedication to the Annapolis Valley community. 

Small Business of the Year

The Small Business of the Year exemplifies expansion in their workforce and business operations. They have been active for a minimum of two years as of April 3rd, 2024. This business actively engages with its community and exhibits potential for further expansion and substantial sales growth. 

Large Business of the Year

The recipient of the Large Business of the Year award showcases consistent excellence in business operations, characterized by sustained growth. They are esteemed leaders within their industry, recognized for their exemplary customer service and unwavering commitment to quality. Moreover, they have actively contributed to the advancement of the Annapolis Valley by participating in meetings, serving on committees, and offering assistance to foster the region’s growth and prosperity. 

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion (DEAI) Advancement Award

The recipient of the Equity, Diversity, Accessibility & Inclusion Advancement Award is a business that exemplifies a dedicated effort to promote and uphold the values of equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion within their organization. Their initiatives may encompass internal and external efforts, addressing at least one of the following areas: Gender/Sexual Diversity, Indigenous Rights, Anti-Racism & Discrimination, Disability Rights, Gender Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. This award spotlights the business’s commitment to fostering a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all individuals. 

Entrepreneur of the Year

The Entrepreneur of the Year stands out for their exceptional efforts in cultivating and strengthening the local economic landscape, thus enriching the prosperity and welfare of the Annapolis Valley through entrepreneurial endeavours. Highly esteemed by both customers and the business community, they are recognized for their professionalism, service excellence, and unwavering commitment. Furthermore, they play a leadership role within the community, offering mentorship, fostering strong customer relations, and actively supporting local events, programs, and initiatives. 

Not-For-Profit of the Year

The Not-for-Profit of the Year is a registered organization dedicated to serving others within the Annapolis Valley and beyond. They are recognized as innovators and trailblazers, offering programs and services aimed at enhancing community well-being. Their operations have demonstrated tangible progress and expansion, making a measurable impact on the communities they serve. 

Innovator of the Year

The recipient of the Innovator of the Year award showcases a forward-thinking vision in pioneering new and/or enhanced technologies, products, services, or processes. This business displays a willingness to take calculated risks and exhibits a strong commitment to their community. Their innovations yield profitable results, driving revenue growth and adding value by tapping into new markets, enhancing productivity and employee well-being, and elevating the appeal of their offerings.