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Business Awards: 25 Awards for Small Businesses and Other Companies to Apply For

Winning an award can communicate a lot to your employees, your clients, and your prospects. But how do you win more awards? First, you have to know what awards are out there…

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Winning an award can communicate a lot to your employees, your clients, and your prospects.

But how do you win more awards?

First, you have to know what awards are out there – then you have to apply! The budget you have for awards, which ones will appeal to your ideal customers, and what makes sense for you – is up to you.

Here are some awards we’ve seen that might make sense!

1. Indie Awards

https://www.independentwestand.org/indies/

Who is it for: Small independent businesses
Criteria: Any business can submit in Best in Biz Awards, regardless of its size, industry, funding or geographic location within the awards region.
Price to submit: $250 to $350 

2. Best and Brightest

https://thebestandbrightest.com/programs/nominations/

Who is it for: Small to large businesses
Criteria: Must be within the criteria on the website
Price to submit: No Known Fee

3. Inc 5000

https://www.inc.com/inc5000/apply/guide

Who is it for: Fast-growing private companies
Criteria: Must be inside of eligibility guidelines
Price to submit: No Known Fee

4. Best Places to Work for Innovators

https://www.fastcompany.com/apply/best-workplaces-for-innovators

Who is it for: Companies of all sizes, industries, and nations
Criteria: Organizations must demonstrate a serious and established commitment to building a culture of innovation that yields tangible results.
Price to submit: $595

5. Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award

https://www.uschamber.com/dream-big-awards

Who is it for: Small Businesses
Criteria: A business with under 250 employees and less than $20 million in revenue in each of the past two years
Price to submit: Members of the U.S. chamber of commerce get the fee waived, while non-members have a fee of $25

6. Best in the Biz Awards

http://www.bestinbizawards.com/

Who is it for: Any Business
Criteria: Any business no matter the size, industry, funding, or location can apply
Price to submit: $250 to $350

7. National Small Business Week Awards

https://www.sba.gov/national-small-business-week/national-small-business-week-awards

Who is it for: Small Business
Criteria: Small Business Owners (defined by SBA standards) in the U.S.
Price to submit: No fee for nomination

8. The Stevies: American Business Awards – Web Achievements

https://stevieawards.com/aba/

Who is it for: Websites and Blogs
Criteria: Any organization or person in the United States can be nominated.
Price to submit: $225 – $345

9. The Stevies: American Business Awards – Marketing Awards

https://stevieawards.com/aba/

Who is it for: Marketing and Advertising Companies
Criteria: Any organization or person in the United States can be nominated.
Price to submit: Free – $555

10. The Stevies: American Business Awards – Company/Organization of the Year

https://stevieawards.com/aba/

Who is it for: Categories for Small, Medium, and Large
Criteria: Any organization or person in the United States can be nominated.
Price to submit: Free – $555

11. Business Intelligence Group – Best Places to Work

https://www.bintelligence.com/best-places-to-work

Who is it for: Companies of various sizes
Criteria: Any organization can be nominated
Price to submit:  $499 – $799

12. Best of Small Business Awards – Small Business of the Year

https://www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/awards/

Who is it for: Small to Medium-sized businesses
Criteria: Must be a small to medium-sized business in order to be nominated
Price to submit:  No known Fee

13. Best of Small Business Awards – Best Non-Profit

https://www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/awards/

Who is it for: Small to Medium-sized non-profits
Criteria: Must be a small to medium-sized business in order to be nominated
Price to submit:  No known Fee

14. Best of Small Business Awards – Best SEO Company

https://www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/awards/

Who is it for: Small to Medium-sized SEO companies
Criteria: Must be a small to medium-sized business in order to be nominated
Price to submit:  $150 for first entry, $50 for additional entry

15. Best of Small Business Awards – Best Marketing Company

https://www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/awards/

Who is it for: Small to Medium-sized marketing businesses
Criteria: Must be a small to medium-sized business in order to be nominated
Price to submit:  No known Fee

16. NAVOBA Awards

https://navoba.org/certification/

Who is it for: Veteran-Owned Businesses
Criteria: Must have documentation to prove veteran status
Price to submit:  $350 – $2000

 


Minnesota specific awards for our fellow Minnesota Companies!

17. Star Tribune Top Places to Work

https://topworkplaces.com/nominate/startribune/

Who is it for: Minnesota companies and businesses
Criteria: Must be a Minnesota based Company
Price to submit: Free

18. Southern Minnesota Small Business Awards

https://www.myminnesotabusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Nomination-Form.pdf

Who is it for: Small Businesses in Southern Minnesota
Criteria: Must be within the guidelines of the general eligibility of the SBDC Southern Minnesota Small Business Awards.
Price to submit: No known Fee

19. Saint Paul Business Awards

https://www.stpaul.gov/businesses/saint-paul-business-awards

Who is it for: Local Saint Paul Businesses
Criteria:  Must be a business is Saint Paul that provides critical services, contribute to the community, and invest in their employees.
Price to submit: No known Fee

20. Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal Best Places to Work

https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/nomination/85178/2020/2020-best-places-to-work

Who is it for: Businesses in Twin Cities Area
Criteria:  Need 10 employees or more within the Twin Cities Area
Price to submit: $2 fee for paper surveys that cover the cost of data entry

21. Northern Lights Award – Creative Achievement

https://www.magconline.org/How-to-Enter

Who is it for: Illustration or Graphic, Logo, Photography, Writing
Criteria: The Northern Lights Awards competition is open to communicators in the public sector (including federal, state, regional and local government agencies; nonprofit agencies with a government-related mission, and school districts) and to producers in the private sector who have completed work on behalf of communicators in the above-listed categories.
Price to submit: $110 for non MAGC and MACTA members, $85 for members.

22. Northern Lights Award – Publications

https://www.magconline.org/How-to-Enter

Who is it for: Publications, Newsletter/Magazine, program or catalog
Criteria: The Northern Lights Awards competition is open to communicators in the public sector (including federal, state, regional and local government agencies; nonprofit agencies with a government-related mission, and school districts) and to producers in the private sector who have completed work on behalf of communicators in the above-listed categories.
Price to submit: $110 for non MAGC and MACTA members, $85 for members.

23. Northern Lights Award – Video

https://www.magconline.org/How-to-Enter

Who is it for: Video Agency, Instructional Video, Talk Show, Promotional Video, Public Safety Video, Video Campaign, Video/Media Campaign
Criteria: The Northern Lights Awards competition is open to communicators in the public sector (including federal, state, regional and local government agencies; nonprofit agencies with a government-related mission, and school districts) and to producers in the private sector who have completed work on behalf of communicators in the above-listed categories.
Price to submit: $110 for non MAGC and MACTA members, $85 for members.

24. Northern Lights Award – Digital Communications and Engagement

https://www.magconline.org/How-to-Enter

Who is it for: Community Engagement, Social Media Engagement, Website Design
Criteria: The Northern Lights Awards competition is open to communicators in the public sector (including federal, state, regional and local government agencies; nonprofit agencies with a government-related mission, and school districts) and to producers in the private sector who have completed work on behalf of communicators in the above-listed categories.
Price to submit: $110 for non MAGC and MACTA members, $85 for members.

25. Twin Cities Business – Minnesota Family Business Awards

http://tcbmag.com/mfbaentry

Who is it for: Minnesota Family-Owned Businesses
Criteria: Must be a family-owned business in Minnesota
Price to submit: No known Fee

Hopefully, this gives you a few options that your company can apply to, so get out there and apply! Good luck!

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