APPLICATIONS for the 2018 ABEX Awards are now closed.
All private sector for profit businesses in Saskatchewan are eligible for an ABEX regardless of size or nature of economic activity. Current ABEX sponsors can not be an applicant of the ABEX Awards. A company may submit its own entry, or it may be sponsored by a third party.
*All applicants will automatically be entered into the "Business of the Year" Category sponsored by David Aplin Group*
Benefits of being an ABEX Awards winner include:
- Public recognition
- Confirmation of their excellence in business
- Benefits of province-wide recognition
- The right to use the ABEX symbol in your advertising
To submit an ABEX Award appplication for your company, or another, complete the form(s) below for the category of your choosing.
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The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for New Venture goes to a new business venture which has been in existence for 3 years or less (January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018) and which has shown positive performance in terms of current or expected profitability, job creation and/or entry into new markets. Applicants are judged on financial criteria as well as the nature of the new venture and its impact on job creation and market expansion, also taking into account the relative size of the new venture.8
The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Growth and Expansion is given to a business that has made significant changes in their business resulting in "Growth" or "Expansion". Changes may relate to job creation and/or investment.
The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Community Involvement goes to a business demonstrating exceptional performance in its support of the arts and culture, amateur sports, education, healthcare or voluntary groups. Judging takes into account the relative size of the business. Greater consideration is given for involvement that is not an extension of the firm’s main business activities.
The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Innovation will be presented to a Saskatchewan business that demonstrates excellence in the utilization of an innovative product, technology or system which has tangibly contributed to improved sales and/or productivity. Judging takes into account the originality of the innovation and its impact.
The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Exports goes to the business demonstrating exceptional performance in exporting Saskatchewan goods or services nationally or internationally. Judging takes into account the relative size of the business and factors such as the increase in export sales or successful entry into new markets.
The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to an entrepreneur between the ages of 18-35 who has achieved success in the start-up and operation of a new or existing business. Eligible candidates must offer a product and/or service; have served at least ten customers; have long-term goals, as well as strategies to meet those goals; and, have demonstrated innovation by adapting to market place challenges resulting in a competitive advantage. Special consideration will be given to entrepreneurs who have displayed an innovative approach.
The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Service goes to a business demonstrating exceptional performance in providing quality customer service (wholesale and retail trade, purchasing and distribution, transportation, brokering, professional services, communications, financial, etc.). Judging considers the relative size and particular conditions of the business, as well as the growth potential, stability, investment strategy, and quality of customer service initiatives.
The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Marketing is awarded to the business demonstrating exceptional performance in the execution of a successful marketing strategy. The jury evaluates the success of a marketing program giving consideration to the nature of the product and the relative size of the business.
The Achievement for Business Excellence Priority Focus Award is presented to a Saskatchewan business which has gone above and beyond in demonstration of business excellence, in an area that mirrors a select Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce policy priority (priority to be selected by the Saskatchewan Chamber annually).
The Business Leader of the Year Award is chosen by a team of adjudicators comprised of the past presidents of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. This award honours and recognizes the importance of strong leaders in business success.
The Community Leader of the Year Award honours and recognizes someone who has made a positive contribution to our community through volunteerism and philanthropy. This individual will have taken a lead role in developing solutions to social challenges in Saskatchewan. The recipient of this award will be determined by a panel of judges comprised of the past presidents of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce via a secret ballot.