It’s Award Nomination Time!

The nomination period for the fifth annual Pearl District Business Awards for outstanding businesses in the Pearl is now open. Simply read the requirements for each category and then submit your nominations by Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Award categories are detailed below, and include Non-profit of the Year, Community Ambassador, Retail Business of the Year, and more! Important: Individuals and Businesses can only be nominated for one award category and must be located in the Pearl District.

2018 Pearl District Business Award Winners

You can read a great recap of last year’s Awards Luncheon with a complete list of the 2018 winners at the Pearl Magazine.

The Pearl District Business Award Categories

Business of the Year: Arts

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

Business of the Year: Food & Beverage: Quick Service

This award honors a business that serves food and/or beverages that maintains high customer satisfaction and has proven themselves this year.

Business of the Year: Food & Beverage: Sit Down Service

This award honors a business that serves food and/or beverages that maintains high customer satisfaction and has proven themselves this year.

Business of the Year: Real Estate

This award recognizes an individual or business that has shown high moral character, excellence in their field, or made strides to improve the Pearl community.  Fields could include, brokers, mortgage agencies, property management, developers, etc.

Business of the Year: Retail

This award recognizes 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: Business to Business Service Provider

This award will recognize a business that provides/sells a service rather than a product to other businesses, such as banks, brokerages, financial services, business service centers, etc.

Business of the Year: Business to Consumer Service Provider

This award will recognize a business that provides/sells a service rather than a product to consumers, such as banks, brokerages, financial services, business service centers, coworking spaces, etc.

Business of the Year: Fitness

This award recognizes a fitness-based business who has had an exceptional year.  This fitness business will have demonstrated innovation through its services and have a proven high customer acceptance.

Business of the Year: Salon/Spa

This award recognizes a business that excels in the field of beauty, spas, relaxation, grooming, etc. and has had a proven record of customer satisfaction.

Business of the Year: Wellness

This award recognizes a wellness business that has had an exceptional year.  They will have demonstrated innovation through their services and have a proven high customer acceptance.

Business Person of the Year

Any individual who owns, operates, or manages 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.

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.

Community Ambassador Award

The Community Ambassador Award is given to an individual or individuals who go above and beyond in their community, not solely for individual personal advancement or other accomplishments, but in order to demonstrate effectiveness in improving the environment in the community. This individual is a role model for others, showing the best of bringing individuals, organizations and/or businesses together.

Emerging Business of the Year

This award is open to any business in the Pearl District that has been in business for two years or less, describes the market served and creative communications to its customers, and provides clear goals for the future (Example: increased revenue, jobs created, franchising)

Family-owned Business of the Year

This award honors a family-owned and operated business with more than one generation involved. The owner must also serve as a majority owner, operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a business in the Pearl.

Minority-owned Business of the Year

This award honors a minority-owned and operated business. The owner must also serve as a majority owner, operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a business in the Pearl.

Non-profit Business of the Year

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