2022 Small Business Awards (Nominations close February 14, 2022) Nominations – Denver Business Journal – New York Business Journal

Winners will be highlighted in the Small Business Awards special section and honored at the Small Business Awards celebratory awards program mid-May 2022.
* Companies must be for-profit
* Locally owned
* Headquartered in the Denver metro area – Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties
* Have 100 or fewer employees
* Been in business for two or more years
* Not have ranked No. 1 in previous years of the Small Business Awards
* Nominees must agree to participate in a Denver Business Journal interview and the May 20, 2021 awards presentation in order to be honored and recognized online, in the weekly print edition and at the event.
* Please note the contact information provided must be that of the nominee and nominee company officials. Public Relations firms nominating clients must provide the direct contact info for the nominee and should inform their clients of the nomination.
FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE: Please supply us with your 2019 actual & 2020 estimated gross revenues (for internal use only).
HISTORICAL ACHIEVMENTS: What business need or niche did the company fulfill? What makes the business unique?
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE INDUSTRY AND THE LOCAL ECONOMY: What contributions to the industry or impact has the company made in the Denver area? How many people does the company plan on hiring in the next 12 months?
RESILIENCE DURING COVID: How is the nominee faring during the pandemic, related to a return to the workplace and decline in consumer activity? What challenges have they faced, and how have they innovated to address them?
POTENTIAL TO SHAPE METRO-DENVER’S BUSINESS COMMUNITY: What impact has the company made in the community? What is the vision of the business in the next 5 years? (Expanding into new territories, anticipated % of revenue growth, new hires)
COMMUNITY IMPACT: How does the company give back to the community at large? Does the company have a day of service or other company-wide volunteer efforts? Do multiple employees serve on boards? Any other business initiatives that promote social goals?
SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORIES (Optional): These include Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned, First and Multi-Generation Family-Owned Businesses, as well as Trailblazer & Lifetime Achievement Awards. Denver Business Journal will determine potential special categories once all nominations have been collected and reviewed.
Think of this nomination as a job interview. A compelling nomination will:
* Get to the point! Many questions have a character limit of 2,000 characters (including spacing and punctuation), but most answers do not need that much room to breathe. Keep it short, stick to the facts. We suggest creating your responses in a word document and copying into the nomination form.
* It leaves out the unnecessary. Avoid fluff like superfluous adjectives and empty praise. Don't list an exhaustive resume of achievements/accomplishments; stick to the specific reasons why the company deserves recognition.
* Make sure to highlight the big impact of your company's work professionally, but don't be repetitive.
* Quantify your answers. How much revenue did a new innovation generate or what percentage of growth did the company recognize?
* Do not include links to your website or social media pages. These are deleted prior to delivering information to judges & waste your 2,000-character limit.
The bottom line: Tell us a story. We are looking for quantifiable results and a compelling narrative to share with our readers.
* Recognition by Denver Business Journal – the region's business media company of record – can set a business apart from its competitors and make the business more visible in the community and to potential partners and investors.
* If your small business makes the list, it sends a message of success to employees and prospective employees, and gives your company the opportunity to recognize workers for their contributions to your success.
* Service providers are encouraged to nominate exceptional clients and partners they believe are worthy of broad public recognition.
* The awards event will be memorable  and a valuable opportunity to meet and network with other award-winning companies and community business leaders.
All nominations must be submitted using the website template. Submissions become the property of Denver Business Journal and may be used for publication.
For more information about the nomination process or the event, contact Deborah at [email protected] or 303-803-9278.
For information about event sponsorships, contact Kevin Pitts, Publisher/President, [email protected].
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