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Now Seeking Small Business Award Nominations

The Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to honoring five deserving small business owners at the 2024 Small Business Awards Breakfast on Thursday, March 21st at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis.  The Chamber’s excited to add two new awards this year; Women-Owned Business of the Year and Minority Owned Business of the Year.  

Nominations are currently being accepted for the following awards:

Small Business of the Year

Emerging Business of the Year

Women Owned Business of the Year

Minority Owned Business of the Year

Non-Profit of the Year

Nominations will be accepted until the close of the business day on Friday, March 1st, as winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 6th.  Information and eligibility criteria for the awards can be found below.  Please take a few minutes and nominate a deserving business by March 1st! If you’re interested in supporting any of these awards with a sponsorship, please e-mail amy@aaaccc.org for details.  

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Award Criteria and Nomination Links

Small Business of the Year

This award is presented to an Anne Arundel County business with up to 20 full time employees that has been in business for at least three years and has experienced growth, gives outstanding customer service, provides a quality work environment for employees and is involved in the community. 

The award is open to all small businesses that meet the criteria and no industry is excluded. You can nominate a small business that you have worked with or used their services, gone to their restaurant or purchased their products. A small business can nominate themselves if they meet the criteria and we encourage to financial institutions, accounting firms and other companies that work with small businesses to provide a nomination. You can nominate a business by using the online application. 

Emerging Business of the Year

This award recognizes an early-stage business located in Anne Arundel County that is less than two years old and has demonstrated the potential for growth and has a unique business model. The owner or founder must have the entrepreneurial spirit and

commitment to achieve long term success and create jobs here Anne Arundel County.

Use the online application to nominate someone for the Emerging Business of the Year. You will need to provide some background information about the business and explain how their business model is unique and their potential for growth in Anne Arundel County.

Women Owned Business of the Year

The award will be given to a women owned business (at least 51%) to recognize and celebrate their success. The nominee must have operated the business for at least 3 years and, they must have demonstrated community involvement and served as a role model, inspiration or mentor to other women owned businesses.  You can nominate a business by using the online nomination form.  

Minority Owned Business of the Year

The award will be given to a for-profit minority owned business, the Chamber will use the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) definition of minority ownership (at least 51%) and the business must have been in operation for at least 3 years. In addition, to successfully operating their business, they must have demonstrated community involvement and served as a role model, inspiration or mentor to other minority owned businesses. You can nominate a business by using the online application. 

Non-Profit of the Year                                                                  

This award is presented to an Anne Arundel County organization that has demonstrated strong efforts to successfully pursue its mission and improve the quality of life in Anne Arundel County. The selected organization will show superior commitment to working in close partnership with the business community.

To nominate a non-profit organization, use the online application.  You will need to provide some background information and a share your thoughts why this organization should be recognized and how it has impacted the people of Anne Arundel County. 

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