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Business of the Year
Description

(25+ Employees)

Requirements

Nominees submit only once for the 2022 Halifax Business Awards (with one exception: Business Leader nominees may also apply in one other category for their organization). If you are nominated in multiple categories, choose the one that most applies.

If you are nominated multiple times in the same category, you only need to complete one submission.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Nominees must have an active business located or operating in Halifax.
  2. Nominees must have been in business more than two years as of August 31 last year.
  3. Nominees must have a total number of employees exceeding 25.
  4. Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded Facilities are not eligible for this category.
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Demonstrates continual business excellence through positive business growth 20.0%
Leaders in their industry 20.0%
Exemplifies superior customer service 20.0%
Commitment to quality 20.0%
Participates in meetings, sitting on committees and offering to help the city grow and prosper 20.0%
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Small Business of the Year
Description

(Up to 24 Employees)

Requirements

Nominees submit only once for the 2022 Halifax Business Awards (with one exception: Business Leader nominees may also apply in one other category for their organization). If you are nominated in multiple categories, choose the one that most applies.

If you are nominated multiple times in the same category, you only need to complete one submission.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Nominees must have an active business located or operating in Halifax. The majority of the business must have provincial ownership and headquarters must be located provincially.
  2. Nominees must be an independently owned and operated business with a total number of employees not exceeding 25.
  3. Business must be owner operated for a minimum of two years, as of August 31 last year.
  4. Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded Facilities are not eligible for this category.
Criteria
Criterion Weight
In business for at least two years as of August 31 last year 25.0%
Demonstrates an increased workforce and business growth 25.0%
Involved in their community 25.0%
Shows potential for business expansion and significant sales growth 25.0%
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Business Leader of the Year
Requirements

Nominees submit only once for the 2022 Halifax Business Awards (with one exception: Business Leader nominees may also apply in one other category for their organization). If you are nominated in multiple categories, choose the one that most applies.

If you are nominated multiple times in the same category, you only need to complete one submission.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Nominees must have an active participation in a business located or operating in Halifax. The majority of the business must have provincial ownership and headquarters must be located provincially.
  2. Please note: Individuals currently working for Crown Corporations/Government Funded Facilities are not eligible for this category.
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Achieved a high level of respect from customers and the business community 33.3%
Demonstrates professionalism, service quality and commitment to excellence 33.3%
Leaders in the community through mentoring, customer relations, and supporting local events, programs and projects 33.4%
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Export Business of the Year
Requirements

Nominees submit only once for the 2022 Halifax Business Awards (with one exception: Business Leader nominees may also apply in one other category for their organization). If you are nominated in multiple categories, choose the one that most applies.

If you are nominated multiple times in the same category, you only need to complete one submission.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Nominees must have an active office in Halifax.
  2. Nominees must be headquartered in Nova Scotia.
  3. A minimum of 40% of customers, partners or revenues must come from markets outside of Nova Scotia.
  4. Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded Facilities are not eligible for this category.
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Demonstrates achieved export growth and the ability to sustain that growth 25.0%
Shows evidence of a sustainable competitive advantage and innovation in their marketing strategy 25.0%
Demonstrates the value and contribution of exporting to their business expansion 25.0%
Overall company commitment to international business 25.0%
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Innovative Business of the Year
Requirements

Nominees submit only once for the 2022 Halifax Business Awards (with one exception: Business Leader nominees may also apply in one other category for their organization). If you are nominated in multiple categories, choose the one that most applies.

If you are nominated multiple times in the same category, you only need to complete one submission.

Eligibility Requirementsufeff

  1. Nominees must have an active business located or operating in Halifax. The majority of the business must have provincial ownership and headquarters must be located provincially.
  2. Nominees must have introduced an innovative product, service, internal process, etc. on or before August 31 last year or be operating in a mode where innovation is built into the culture of the company.
  3. Please note that Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded Facilities are not eligible for this category.
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Demonstrates vision in the development of new and/or improved technologies, products, services or processes 14.5%
Demonstrates the ability to take risks 14.3%
Committed to their community 14.3%
Innovations make a profit and help the company grow revenue 14.3%
Innovations add value through opening up a new market 14.3%
Innovations improve productivity and employee wellness 14.3%
Innovations improve the appeal of their products and services 14.3%
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New Business of the Year
Description

In business for less than 2 years.

Requirements

Nominees submit only once for the 2022 Halifax Business Awards (with one exception: Business Leader nominees may also apply in one other category for their organization). If you are nominated in multiple categories, choose the one that most applies.

If you are nominated multiple times in the same category, you only need to complete one submission.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Nominees must have an active business located or operating in Halifax. The majority of the business must have provincial ownership and headquarters must be located provincially.
  2. Nominees must have been in business less than two years as of August 31 last year.
  3. Nominees cannot be an expansion of an existing business, name change or new location of an existing organization.
  4. Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded Facilities are not eligible for this category.
Criteria
Criterion Weight
In operation for under two years as of August 31 last year 20.0%
Achieved outstanding business performance in a short period of time 20.0%
Demonstrate exceptional promise of continued growth 20.0%
Serves as an inspiration for other new businesses 20.0%
Demonstrates a commitment to the community 20.0%
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Not For Profit Business of the Year
Requirements

Nominees submit only once for the 2022 Halifax Business Awards (with one exception: Business Leader nominees may also apply in one other category for their organization). If you are nominated in multiple categories, choose the one that most applies.

If you are nominated multiple times in the same category, you only need to complete one submission.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Nominees must be a registered not-for-profit located and operating in Halifax.
  2. Minimum 51% of staff must work in Halifax.
  3. Minimum 51% of activities and funds must be raised in Halifax.
  4. Nominees must work to achieve social and/or cultural and economic outcomes, as well as to generate sufficient cash flow to continue to support their causes.
Criteria
Criterion Weight
Registered not-for-profit or charitable organization 20.0%
Committed to the service of others within the Halifax community and beyond 20.0%
Demonstrates innovation and leadership 20.0%
Provides programming and services for the betterment of the community 20.0%
Measurable strides in their operations and growth 20.0%
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