Stratford and District Chamber of Commerce accept nominations for 2022 Business Excellence Awards

The Stratford and District Chamber of Commerce has begun accepting nominations for the 2022 Business Excellence Awards, the gala for which will be held on 13 October.

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Now more than ever, local businesses deserve to be recognized for the hard work, perseverance, innovation and dedication to customer service they demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This week, the Stratford and District Chamber of Commerce officially began accepting nominations for their 2022 Business Excellence Awards, the annual event that gives local businesses a chance to shine, promote themselves and celebrate everything they did last year.

“This year more than anything, please support local and recognized local businesses,” said Chamber General Manager Eddie Matthews. “Nominate someone you think deserves recognition, because we’ll be showing the nominees on social media and highlighting the different sectors, especially those that were hit hardest during the pandemic.”

As always, companies and organizations can be nominated in nine categories: retail, hospitality, commercial, manufacturing, non-profit / charitable, entrepreneur, service, professional and innovation. The nominees will be judged on their business growth, customer service, innovation, sales, marketing and promotion, technological advances, community support, commitment and leadership, employee relations and management, and environmental responsibility.

“Innovation will be another big thing this year,” Matthews said. “How do people reinvent and invent the wheel, so to speak? How do they adapt to their workplace and not only keep their business open, but also keep their staff safe?”

Of the nominees, the chamber will honor one company that has used innovation and demonstrated outstanding performance, effective leadership, responsive management and quality service with the Business of the Year Award. Board members will also nominate candidates for the Business Leader Award, the winner of which will be selected by secret ballot and given the opportunity to share their personal story at the Business Excellence Awards gala on 13 October.

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Companies nominated for this year’s awards must be located within the geographic boundaries of the City of Stratford, Town of St. Marys, townships of Perth East and Perth South, and the Municipality of West Perth. Nominations can be made by any person who knows of a company that has demonstrated excellence and meets the criteria.

“We hope we can personally celebrate with a full house at the Arden Park Hotel. … That recognition, if someone is nominated, certainly means a lot. That can lift your spirits so much,” Matthews said.

“Remember who you were talking to, whether it’s retail or hospitality or manufacturing as one of these sectors. Look at the list and think, ‘Who I was with, who really provided excellent service and their business so well represented, ‘and you can nominate them. “

Nominations can be made by visiting The nominee must state the reasons for nomination and they will be asked to provide detailed information on how the nominee meets the award criteria via a questionnaire that will be sent by the chamber after submitting the nomination form.

The deadline for nominations is February 28th.

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