Criteria

Business of the Year

  • Demonstrates an exceptional level of leadership and is regarded as a leader in its industry.
  • Demonstrates excellence in performance as evidenced by longevity, retention, financial growth, and reputation (please provide documentation if at all possible).
  • Innovative based on the unique product and/or service it provides to the Tri-Cities including exceptional customer service and satisfaction, and community services.
  • Demonstrates a positive social conscience by utilizing its resources to improve its community through events & initiatives, support of local not-for-profits, and reducing its environmental impact.
  • Has an overall positive impact on the Tri-Cities and makes the community a better place to live and work.

Business Leader of the Year

  • Has a proven track record of sustained success in his or her field.
  • Has had a significant impact on his or her business as evidenced by growth, innovation, and an established reputation as a business leader.
  • Demonstrates leadership by way of giving back through participation with local business initiatives and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Has a reputation of business excellence and expertise in his or her field.
  • Has an innovative spirit and has demonstrated an exceptional level of performance and dedication to leadership.

Community Spirit Award

  • Uses their resources to provide outstanding support to local initiatives and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Embodies leadership in community initiatives and has had a significant positive impact on the Tri-Cities community.
  • Demonstrates a passion for the community, making a positive difference and giving back.
  • Demonstrates an outstanding generous spirit and dedication to making the Tri-Cities a better place to live and work.

Not-for-Profit of the Year

  • Has an established reputation within the community for providing exceptional programs & services.
  • Provides innovative programs & services that would not otherwise be available to those in the community.
  • Has a strong local impact.
  • Has exceptional reach within the Tri-Cities community.

Young Professionals of the Year

  • Embodies leadership and support in community initiatives and has had a significant positive impact on the Tri-Cities community and local businesses.
  • Has a proven track record of sustained success, leadership, and growth in his or her field.
  • Has had a significant impact on his or her business as evidenced by growth, innovation, and an established reputation as a business leader.
  • Has a reputation of business excellence and expertise in his or her field.
  • Showcases dedication to his or her company and bettering both the community and him or herself.

Environmental Steward of the Year

  • Demonstrates an in-depth understanding and an outstanding, cooperative effort to environmental sustainability.
  • Is a role model for business in environmental sustainability best practices (recycling, composting, energy/water conservation, gardening, etc.).
  • Demonstrates sustainable business practices in its own operations (aside from the product or service for sale).
  • Helps to build environmental awareness and promote environmental stewardship within the Tri-Cities environmental landscape.
  • Has milestones and/or measurable accomplishments that demonstrate effective sustainable operations.