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Nominate a Business Today! (Posted On: Sunday, January 03, 2010)

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It is recognition time in Collingwood!  It’s time for everyone to take a few moments to nominate a business or business person that you deal with that you think deserves recognition.  Resident, weekender or visitor this applies to you!  You have an opportunity right now to nominate someone who deserves recognition.  It only takes a few moments.

Being recognized as a Collingwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award Winner or even nominee is not only thrilling, it goes a long way to benefit a deserving business because they get well deserved recognition. 

What business do you deal with that you think is deserving of recognition?  Who has been a pleasure to deal with?  Who delivers outstanding results?  Who goes the extra mile?  Is there someone you have dealt with as a visitor that has made your stay simply outstanding?  Is there a unique tourist attraction, restaurant or event that has surpassed your expectations?  Who has delivered outstanding customer service year after year?  Who has done a great job for you?

The award categories and criteria are listed below and if you would like to nominate a business, click on the link at the bottom of this article.

Criteria:
In the last 12 months (May 09 – May 10), the award winning businesses will have developed to meet the changing needs of Collingwood. The award winners will have provided a high level of business service and/or product needed by consumers and the community.

Small Business Owner of the Year Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding entrepreneur. A small business is any type of established business with 1 to 10 staff members.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” --Walt Disney

Environmentally Conscious Business Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding business that has effectively lessoned their impact on the environment.

“I do believe that it is extremely important that each one of us is a participant in life and what's going on around us rather than being a spectator to it and if you do that, if you participate in the world, in your community, your school, your company, or your country, whatever.. Then you will be useful and hopefully leave the planet a little better.” --Janet Holmes à Court

Innovative Business Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding business owner, who has presented Collingwood with an innovative Product, Service and/or Marketing Campaign. This award is open to every type of established business.

“The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.” --Bono

Customer Service Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding individual, team, and/or employee, who has presented Collingwood with an excellent ongoing level of customer service. This award is open to every type of established business.

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.” --Mahatma Gandhi

Business Expansion/Renovation Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding business owner, who has renovated and/or expanded his/her business to meet the changing needs of Collingwood.

"An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he'll quickly learn how to chew it." -- Roy Ash

Retail Business Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding retail business owner, who has developed his/her storefront business to satisfy the needs of the community and the people of Collingwood.

“When people talk about successful retailers and those that are not so successful, the customer determines at the end of the day who is successful and for what reason.” --Gerry Harvey

Professional Service Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding business professional that has provided an exemplary level of professional service. Examples include lawyers, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, hair dressers and any professional service business that requires professional training and/or an occupational license.

“If the community is happy, then they support your business and if your business is doing well, then you can give back even more to the community.” --Magic Johnson

Hospitality and Tourism Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding hospitality and/or tourism business, that has improved the allure for community and tourists who visit Collingwood. Examples of hospitality and tourism businesses include spas, restaurants, resorts and hotels/motels, attractions and recreational facilities.

"Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen." -- Benjamin Disraeli

Not For Profit Organization Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding not for profit organization, that has developed programs, services, events and/or campaigns in order to support the needs of their stakeholders and the community and successfully raise funds and/or awareness of the missions and goals of the organization. Examples of not for profit organizations include hospitals, charities, clubs and shelters.

“There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.” --Walter Reuther

Industrial and Trade Business Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding business owner who has provided a high level of business service and/or product in the industrial and trade sectors. Examples of businesses include automotive, construction, property maintenance and manufacturing businesses.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Volunteer of the Year Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding member of the community, who has volunteered his/her time and effort for no monetary returns in order to help meet the needs of consumers and the community. This person has helped better Collingwood.

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.” --James M. Barrie

Collingwood Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award
An award will be presented to an outstanding business owner. Eligible recipients are an active member of the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce and are in good standing.

"You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event - it is a habit." -- Aristotle

To nominate a business, click here!

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