Frequently asked questions

01

Who should submit in Best in Biz Awards?

Any company can submit in Best in Biz Awards, regardless of its size, industry, funding or geographic location within the awards region. In addition to companies in various industries, PR, marketing and advertising agencies are encouraged to apply on behalf of their clients or themselves.

02

My company’s headquarters is outside the U.S. and Canada, but the majority of our business is conducted within the region. Are we eligible to apply?

Yes. A company with multiple headquarters or international headquarters is eligible to enter Best in Biz Awards as long as it has business operations in the U.S. or Canada. This includes companies whose headquarters might be located outside the U.S. or Canada, but which have offices in the region.

03

What are the benefits of winning Best in Biz Awards?

Winning business awards has many benefits: it reinforces corporate direction; recognizes the talent and hard work of your entire departments and leading employees; makes it easier to attract new talent to the company; gains a sales advantage; and provides additional public relations opportunities and value.

The benefits are also tangible: A research study by Hendricks & Singhal of the University of Western Ontario and Georgia Institute of Technology revealed that corporate award winners had 37% more sales growth and 44% higher stock price return than their peers. A study by British Quality Foundation uncovered similar numbers, with smaller award-winning companies experiencing a 63% increase in operating income and a 39% growth in sales and large award-winning companies enjoying a 48% increase in operating income and a 37% growth in sales when compared to non-award winners.

Additionally, Best in Biz Awards winners receive the following benefits:
1. Press release: Winners are featured in a nationally distributed press release.
2. Website placement: All winners are featured on the winners’ pages on the Best in Biz Awards website. For gold and silver winners, logos and links to their sites are also included.
3. Logos: All winners receive winner logos that can be used on company websites and in other marketing and promotional materials.
4. Trophy: Gold winners receive complimentary customized award trophies. For this year’s program, we have completely redesigned the award trophies. The new stylish trophy design will be officially revealed in early 2014 and first introduced in the 2014 International awards program.
Silver and bronze winners have the option to purchase winner trophies to commemorate their achievement here.
Duplicate winners’ trophies are also available to all winners for purchase here.
5. News page: Winners’ news items – i.e. press releases, blog posts, award page entries, and articles – are featured on the winners’ news pages, including links back to the company sites.
6. Quotes: Winners’ press release quotations, tweets or other public statements may also be featured throughout the Best in Biz Awards website.

04

How do I submit for Best in Biz Awards?

The submission process is simple both for award first timers and veterans of other international, national or local award programs. An entry in any of the company, product, department/team, executive and PR and media categories, consists of three parts: 1) a description of the nominee’s achievements in 2013-2014, that is from January 1, 2013 until present day (in less than 500 words); 2) hyperlinks to any news coverage, press releases or materials supporting the submission; and 3) a short biography and business background of the nominee.

Entries can be submitted via the online entry process or by emailing us directly. American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Paypal are accepted methods of payment. Checks, Google Wallet and wire transfers are also accepted. Invoices can be provided upon request.

05

Can I submit entries in multiple award categories?

Yes. You may submit entries in as many award categories as you and your company see fit. Every category is judged by a different subset of judges and every category garners a different pool of entries, some attracting 10 times more entries than others. The best way to increase your chances at winning is to enter multiple categories.

It may not even be necessary to create an entirely new submission. We have found that the same entry may be perfectly applicable to multiple categories with minimal to no tweaks. Of course, feel free to completely refresh your submission as appropriate to tailor it for the additional categories and content you wish to highlight.

06

Can I submit entries in multiple award programs?

Yes. You may submit any number of entries to any of the categories in any of the Best in Biz Awards programs throughout the year. Winning e.g. Best in Biz Awards International does not preclude a company from entering and potentially winning Best in Biz Awards (North America), in the same or different award category.

07

What is the fee schedule for Best in Biz Awards submissions?

The late fee for all categories was $350 per submission with the extended deadline falling on October 3, 2014.

As the submissions in each award category are judged and scored by a judging panel, entry fee does not guarantee that a submission will be recognized as a gold, silver, or bronze winner.

08

I am planning to submit more than five entries. Will I be eligible for a discount?

Companies submitting five or more entries will be eligible for a 10% discount. Additional discounts may be available if you are submitting more than 10 entries. Please email us for more information.

09

How is Best in Biz Awards different from other awards programs?

Best in Biz Awards is the only business award program judged solely by a panel of independent members of the press and industry analysts.

10

Why are only press and analysts judging the competition?

Having researched and covered numerous successful companies, we believe these judges have the expertise to objectively evaluate the entry pool to choose the top companies, teams, executives and products from among the submissions.

11

How are the entries judged?

Entries in each category will be judged by at least five media and industry analyst judges, with each judge providing scoring and other feedback. The scores are then aggregated and averaged by the Best in Biz Awards staff and the winners selected based on these results.

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Are entry forms kept confidential?

Yes. Best in Biz Awards organizers distribute award entries only to the authorized media and industry analyst judges selected to review entries. The entries and the underlying information about the nominees will not be released to anyone else without prior approval from the entrant. Furthermore, no entries, including the winning entries, will be posted in whole or in part on the Best in Biz Awards site without prior approval by the entrant.

13

What regions is Best in Biz Awards conferred in?

Best in Biz Awards is currently conferred in three regions: the U.S. and Canada, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and International. The North American program runs from June until November, the EMEA program runs from November until February, and the International program runs from February until June.

Any company based in or operating in the specific awards region is eligible to apply in that region’s awards program. This includes companies whose headquarters are outside the region but which have offices or otherwise conduct business in the region.

The International program is our broadest and is open to any company from any industry operating in any country in the world.

14

My company is small. What if much bigger companies submit in my category?

All entries are judged on their own merit, recognizing achievements and successes while taking into account the companies’ size, resources and competitive industry landscape. The judges don’t play favorites and honor the best work in the region, regardless of size and budget. As a result, small companies are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies, putting everyone on a level playing field.

If necessary, the judges can decide to divide entries in any category into further subcategories based on size, e.g. winners in categories such as Company of the Year, Fastest Growing Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year and Executive of the Year will be determined in each of the three company size subcategories, i.e. Small, Medium and Large.

15

When are the winners announced?

Winners in Best in Biz Awards 2014 will be announced on November 17, 2014.
Best in Biz Awards 2013 winners were announced on November 20, 2013. For the full list, see here.
Best in Biz Awards 2012 winners were announced on November 14, 2012, with the full list available here.
Winners in Best in Biz Awards 2011 were announced on November 9, 2011. You can view the full list here.

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Will there be an awards ceremony for Best in Biz Awards 2014? Do I have to attend to be named a winner?

Best in Biz Awards is not planning an awards ceremony in 2014, though ceremonies may be organized in upcoming years.

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I am a member of the press or industry analyst. How do I judge Best in Biz Awards?

Please email us your credentials. We will verify the information and contact you with any questions or, if you are selected, to provide you with the judging information.