NEDC is hosting it’s 12th Annual Business Awards. Whether you are a small business owner or a sole proprietor running a business out of your home, managing a large staff of a community-owned enterprise, or you are growing a business from the ground up as an entrepreneur, these awards will recognize and celebrate your achievements.

2018 Nomination Now Open

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Deadline: August 10th, 2018

About the Awards

The NEDC Aboriginal Business Awards celebrate the accomplishments of the Nuu-chah-nulth businesses, NEDC clients and Aboriginal businesses within the Nuu-chah-nulth region.

This year, these awards will honor businesses in FIVE categories. A committee will review the nominations and select the recipients in accordance with the awards’ criteria. The awards will be presented at an awards ceremony celebrating aspiring entrepreneurs and Aboriginal business in our region.

Whether you are a small business owner or a sole proprietor running a business out of your home, managing a large staff of a community-owned enterprise, or you are growing a business from the ground up as an entrepreneur, these awards will recognize and celebrate your achievements.

The award categories allow for the unique strengths and diversity within the business community and recognize motivation, focus and achievable goals. The NEDC Aboriginal Business Award recipients will serve as an example of excellence and inspiration while showcasing best practices to be shared amongst all business people, whether they are those already involved in business or those considering a business career.

Awards Categories

BEST Youth-OWNED Business

This award is to acknowledge successful businesses that are majority-owned and operated by an individual under the age of 36. Judging Criteria: Financial Viability, Management, Marketing, Customer Service, Innovation, Business Exposure, Years of Operation

Best NEW BUSINESS

This award is to acknowledge businesses in operation less than 4 years. Judging Criteria:  Financial Viability, Management, Marketing, Customer Service, Innovation, Business Exposure, Years of Operation

 Best ARTS  & Cultural BUSINESS

This award is to acknowledge businesses who incorporate Nuu-chah-nulth Art and/or Culture into  products/services. Judging Criteria:  Financial Viability, Quality of Work, Business Exposure, Innovation, Integration/Promotion of Arts and/or Culture, Years of Operation

Best Environmental Business

This award acknowledges businesses demonstrating a commitment to protecting, respecting & celebrating the environment. Judging Criteria:  Financial Viability, Environmentally Friendly, Connection to Nature, Marketing, Customer Service, Innovation, Business Exposure, Years of Operation

Business of the Year

This award acknowledges businesses demonstrating outstanding success. Judging Criteria:  Financial Viability, Management, Marketing, Customer Service, Innovation, Business Exposure, Community Involvement, Years of Operation

Who is eligible for nominations?

  • Businesses owned by Nuu-chah-nulth Member(s)
  • All Aboriginal businesses within the Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN) territory
  • NEDC clients

Why nominate/participate in a NEDC Aboriginal Business Award?

In business, it is important to focus on ways to set your business apart from the rest.  The role of Aboriginal business in our economy needs to be profiled and celebrated.  Winning a NEDC Aboriginal Business Award can benefit your business’ internal and external operations in the following ways:

  • Recipients are honored at an awards ceremony.
  • Being recognized will position your business, small or large, as a leader to current and potential customers, as well as to your employees and the community at large.
  • A great morale booster for employees, providing opportunity for their efforts to be formally recognized.
  • Preparing the nomination provides an occasion to take a look at your goals and objectives, providing a measure to evaluate your progress.

Nomination Process at a Glance

How to Prepare Your Entry:

Carefully review the judging criteria and any additional submission requirements for each category.  Please include the following items to complete your entry submission:

  • Complete a separate Nomination Form (page 8) for each entry. Refer to the Category Description and Judging Criteria Sheet (on page 3) when completing the Entry Form.
  • Submit any supporting material (optional).
  • A profile of the project (Max. 3 pages, double-spaced)
  • Any appendices including charts, graphs and photographs.
  • Clearly label all pages and items in your entry with the name of the nominee.

How can I make my nomination stronger? (optional)

Along with the nomination form, send along with the following:

  • A two-part business statement including the nature and overview of your business.
  • Two reference letters from individuals who can describe the impact and value of your business
  • Supporting documents – up to five additional pages of further testimonials, financial statements, media coverage, etc.

2017 Business Awards Winners

Business of the Year

Kilshaw’s Auctioneers

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Best New Business

Action Packed Charters

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Outstanding Business Achievement

Tsawaayuus (Rainbow Gardens)

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Best Environmental Business

Kleekhoot Gold Maple Syrup

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Outstanding Business Achievement

Kaa-in Services Inc.

Best Youth Business

Ellis R Trucking

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2016 Award Winners

Business of the Year:

Totem Tree Services

(Dave Potter, Tzeachten FN)

Article: “One thing for certain, trees are definitely Dave Potter’s Totem

www.totemtreeoperations.com

250-730-7770 (Port Alberni, BC)

 

Best New Business:

COBS BREAD Suter Brook

(Melissa Holt, Tseshaht FN)

Article: “Cobs’ Bakery wins Best New Business of the Year

www.cobsbread.com

604-461-2716 (Port Moody, BC)

 

Best Youth – Owned Business:
Shae Doiron Painting & Decorating

(Shae Doiron, Tseshaht FN)

Article: “Shae Doiron Painting & Decorating wins Best Youth-Owned Business

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250-735-1983 (Port Alberni, BC)

Best Environmental & Sustainable Business:

Mason Bee Central (Gordon Cyr – Metis Nation)

Article: “Gordon’s Bees Win Best Environmental and Sustainable Business

www.masonbeecentral.com

info@masonbeecentral.com

 

Best Arts & Cultural Business:

First Nation Photographer (Melody Charlie – Yuułu?ił?atḥ First Nation)

Article: “Melody Charlie wins Best Arts & Cultural Business Award

www.melodycharlie.com

Facebook Page

250-266-2507 (Ucluelet, BC)

 

Outstanding Business Achievement:

Taa-Wa Fish Company Ltd. (Patrick Charleson Sr. – Hesquiaht First Nation)

Article: “Patrick Charleson Fishing Company wins Outstanding Business Achievement Award

Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners.

We wish you continued success!!

NEDC BOARD & STAFF