Small Business Excellence Ceremony 2020

Small & Mighty Nominations

Read below for the benefits of nominating yourself or another company. Please fill out the nomination form once complete.

Brand Awareness

Elevate awareness of your company through exposure to entrepreneurs, potential clients, sponsors, judges and guests.

Valuable Publicity

Receive media exposure through media, social media, #SmallMightySummit’s various communication vehicles (including press releases, newsletters, social media, advertising and award programme).

Stronger Relationships

Bring attention to your company by being a nominee and build rapport on awards evening by networking with potential clients, suppliers and investors.

Celebrate Your Team

The Awards show presents an opportunity for you to celebrate your team, employees and clients that may have helped you attain your organization/companies goals. 

Nomination Deadlines

May 11 to June 28 : Call for nominations

May 11 to June 28, 2020 : Nominees notified by email

June 28 to July 5, 2020 : Finalists notified by email

July 1 to August 30, 2020 : Final review and interviews

Award Reception and presentation | September 30

Sponsorship Opportunities

Title Sponsor: $7,500
Gold Sponsor: $2,500
Award Presenting Sponsor: $1,500
Silver Sponsor: $1,000

Please contact for a sponsorship kit.

Nomination Categories

Community Builder – This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership qualities and a commitment to improving the SMB community through their work.  


Business Innovation Award – This award was designed to recognize a business that is making great strides in development and growth through the creation or use of unique methods, products, services, or technologies. They have quantifiable growth within a new or prevailing market. 


New Business of the Year Award – The New Business of the Year honours a new business that is achieving outstanding business performance in a short period of time. The winner of this category will demonstrate exceptional promise for continued growth and serves as an inspiration for other new businesses.


Young Professional of the Year Award (<40 years of age) – This award was designed to celebrate a young professional who is making an impact on their industry and within the company they are employed by. They have distinguished themselves as a future leader, exemplifying innovative thinking, team work and community engagement.


Small Business of the Year Award (< 50 employees) – The Small Business of the Year Award is presented to a business that has fewer than 50 employees and has been in business for a minimum of 5 years. The recipient of this award will go above and beyond in business and will be using innovative methods to market and build community relations. 


Business of the Year Award – The Business of the Year Award is presented to a business that is a leader in the field. The recipient of this award will go above and beyond in business and will be using innovative methods to market and build community relations. Nominees are judged on the following criteria: Business Achievements; Innovations in Service, Product or Technology; Management/Employee Relations; Employee Training and Development; Commitment to Community; Environment. 

Announcement of Award Recipients

The Award recipients are celebrated at an exclusive reception end of September.  The names will be published on the #SmallmightySummit website as well as by news release.



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Review Process

The nominations will be reviewed in a two-step process.

Administrative review – Following the final submission date for nominations, the #SmallmightySummit award committee will review all nominations for completeness and clarity.  Nominators may be contacted should clarification be required.  During this administrative review the #SmallmightySummit may also, upon consultation with the nominator, suggest that a nomination may be better suited for a different category that the one originally selected.  The nominator, however, will have the final decision.

Assessment of Merit – When the administrative review is complete, the nominations will be forwarded to the Awards of Excellence Committee members for review and scoring. The Committee members will evaluate and score each nomination individually, and submit the scoring sheets to the #SmallmightySummit. Nominators and / or nominees may be contacted should clarification be required.  Once all Committee members have submitted their individual scoring sheets, the #SmallmightySummit will tabulate the scores for each nomination in each category. Winners in each category will be determined through a ranking system. The highest ranking score in each category will determine the winner.

The #SmallmightySummit reserves the right to present more than one award per category in case of a tie in winning scores; or, to decline presenting an award in one or more categories during a given year, regardless of the number of received nominations.