Every year, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes some of the outstanding businesses in our community and honors individuals that represent local economic drivers in hospitality, manufacturing, and small business.
This is your chance to honor standout leaders and recognize amazing businesses that have contributed so much to our city. Awards will be given in each of the following categories:
(PLEASE CLICK ON EACH AWARD NAME TO BE TAKEN TO A NOMINATION FORM)
- Small Business of the Year
Presented to a company that has achieved success in its business through growth and quality performance, innovative efforts and active participation in the community. All nominees must be owner, partner or a major shareholder of a business in the Savannah area and must be active in the day-to-day operations of the business. The individual should act as an advocate of his or her trade by participation in trade associations and community activities, as they will serve as an ambassador for small, local business owners during the year in which the award is received. Companies must have been established for a minimum of three years, with fewer than 50 employees and sales not exceeding $7 million.
- Entrepreneur of the Year
Celebrates those who are building and leading growing and dynamic businesses. This award is presented to an individual whose creative vision, talent, and innovative thinking develop opportunities for growth not just in business, but community-wide. This entrepreneur demonstrates the ability to persevere in the face of adversity and overcome obstacles, learn from experience, foster teamwork, and build loyalty.
- Manufacturer of the Year
- Hospitality Business of the Year
Presented to a business that demonstrates how to be a true steward and host. The business should embody the spirit of service so much that its guests visit again, relocate here and/or tell their family, friends and colleagues about the city. Nominees should also be engaged in social responsibility while contributing to the community by staying up-to-date with tourism trends by educating potential visitors about all Savannah has to offer. Examples of potential award recipients include hotels, museums, art galleries, restaurants, tour companies, and retail establishments.
Other categories of awards include:
- Environmental Excellence Award
Presented to a manufacturing company that has demonstrated outstanding performance in its efforts to maintain a quality environment for Savannah in 2021. Examples of the criteria for the award include achievement in any of the following areas: reduction of emissions, pollution prevention projects, reduction in hazardous waste generated, reduction in usage/storage of EHS chemicals, water conservation, waste recycling, special products.
- Gulfstream Community Involvement Award
Presented to a company that conducted an outstanding community outreach project during 2021. The activities can vary to include involvement with a partnership school, company involvement in coordination of a fundraising event for a charitable organization, ongoing community relations efforts, open house programs for the community, educating the public regarding an issue of concern, or any other project that encouraged interaction between the nominated business and the community.
- Cornerstone Award
Recognizes a non-profit company whose mission directly supports Savannah’s business community. It is intended to represent, recognize and encourage a non-profit partnership to result in a richer, better trained and more diverse and inclusive human resource pool.
And the prestigious Helen V. Head Business Advocate Award which goes to an individual who exemplifies dedication to the community while being a true advocate for local small businesses.
Please take advantage of this opportunity to nominate businesses that, in your opinion, have made an immeasurable impact on our city and community. We appreciate the input of or members and partners!