The nomination period for the third annual Pearl District Business Awards for outstanding businesses in the Pearl is now closed. Please save the date for the awards luncheon on November 13th where the winners will all be announced.

You can read a great recap of last year’s Awards Luncheon with a complete list of the 2016 winners at the Pearl Magazine.


Eligibility and evaluation criteria for each award

Individuals and Businesses can only be nominated for one award category and must be located in the Pearl District.

The Awards

Business Person of the Year

Any individual who owns and operates an established, business. Reasons for nominations could include:  growth in the number of employees, increased expansion, steady growth in net worth, increase in sales, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity or contributions to the community.

Non-profit Business of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments by a nonprofit organization in the community.

Community Ambassador Award

The Community Ambassador Award is given to an individual or individuals who go above and beyond in their community. This individual is a role model for others, showing the best of bringing individuals, organizations and/or businesses together.

Woman in Business Award

Individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be business owners. Reasons for nominations could include:  active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help businesses, efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for women, legal financial or managerial assistance provided to enhance women’s business ownership, volunteer efforts to strengthen the role of women business owners within the community, advocacy of the women-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement or other accomplishments demonstrating effectiveness in improving the environment for the creation and expansion of business owned and operated by women.

Property Developer/Manager of the Year

This award is for one manager or developer who has exemplary personal conduct and adherence to the property management Code of Ethics, strong personal achievements in the profession, the pursuit of personal improvement and education, involvement in and support of other property management-related associations and significant interest in and contributions to community and civic activities.

Emerging Business of the Year

This award is open to any retail business in the Pearl District that has:

  • Been in business for three years or less
  • Describes the market served and creative communications to its customers
  • Provides clear goals for the future (Example: increased revenue, jobs created, franchising)

Business of the Year: Service Provider

Any establishment that sells a service rather than a product, such as banks, brokerages, financial services, hair salons, spas, business service centers, travel agencies, and generally speaking, telecommunications retailers.

Business of the Year: Arts

This award honors a Arts and Culture business or institution that has contributed significantly to the Arts in the community.

Business of the Year: Restaurant

This award will recognize that restaurant that has a proven ability to deliver what the customer wants and maintains high customer satisfaction with their food.  It is an establishment that has proven themselves through diverse or creative menus, excellent customer service and the ability to respond to the ever changing expectations of the customer.

Business of the Year: Retail

This award will recognize the retailer who has had an exceptional year.  This retailer will have demonstrated innovation through its product/retail location and have a proven high customer acceptance.

Business of the Year: Technology

This award honors a business that has contributed significantly to technology by products or services offered to the community.

Real Estate Broker of the Year

This award is given to one salesperson who has shown sound moral character, high ethical professional behavior, excellent leadership and has provided exemplary service to clients. Evaluation will be based on the history of past production and personal initiative, including listing activities and selling activities in his or her local board.

Youth Entrepreneur of the Year (must be under 40 years of age)

To be considered a young entrepreneur, the individual must serve as a majority owner and operate or bear principal responsibility for operating a business with a three-year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 40 by November, 2017.

Minority-owned Business of the Year

Individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to support minority entrepreneurship may be nominated.  Nominees may or may not be business owners.

Family-owned Business of the Year

This award honors a family-owned and operated business which has been passed on from one generation to another. The owner must also serve as a majority owner, operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a business in the Pearl.