The ultimate hardware at Small Business Week, the Small Business of the Year Award is presented to the Calgary small business that has demonstrated significant business achievement, has sustained growth with a pathway for future growth and shows the potential to go on to become a true pillar of our city; a leader in Calgary’s business community.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has forced Calgary businesses to pivot operations, support their neighbours, and come together like never before. The Calgary business community is strong, resilient, and has a long history of supporting one another when it is needed the most. The 2021 Community Champion Award showcases the best community leaders our city has to offer.
The Emerging Growth Award is presented to the new emerging small business that has shown rapid growth and profitability in its first 1-3 years of operations and shows the potential for future growth and commercial success.
The Innovation Award is presented to the Calgary small business that is pushing conventional boundaries and is disrupting and reshaping their industry through groundbreaking achievements in bringing innovation to market. This could be done in the following ways: a creative business concept that brings innovation to market, product creation or an innovative approach that improves productivity or work processes.
The Social Entrepreneurship Award is presented to the Calgary small business that has been a leader in finding ways of doing business while doing good for the large community and environment. Whether this is through monetary contribution to local charities, to finding innovative ways to be resourceful and respect the environment. These businesses truly lookout for the triple bottom line – people, profits, planet. Please note that this award is open to businesses in all industries, applicants do not have to be companies that work exclusively in community engagement or the environment.