Criteria Note: Qualifying businesses must employ less than 100 people.
New Small Business of the Year
Criteria: The New Small Business of the Year award recognizes a Truro or Colchester County business person whose dream of opening their own business has earned them the title of “Start-Up Entrepreneur” over the past 24 months. Their business must have shown innovation, and they must be offering a product or service that’s unique to Truro and Colchester County.
Small Business Achievement
Criteria: The Small Business Achievement Award recognizes a local entrepreneur who has been in business more than 10 years and demonstrates new product or service achievements, business growth, and a commitment to their community.
Small Business Export Achievement Award
Criteria: The Exporter of the Year award will recognize a Truro or Colchester County business that has demonstrated excellence in exporting outside of Nova Scotia, has achieved noticeable growth as a result of entering the global marketplace, and has made a significant contribution to the growth of the local economy.
Small Business Innovation Award
Criteria: The Small Business Innovation Award will recognize a Truro or Colchester County entrepreneur who has been in business for more than five years, who is continually modifying to demonstrate innovative leadership through the use of technology, development of new or value-added products and services, and improved productivity. Those nominated for this innovation award portray community spirit and generosity towards clients past, present, and future by consistently supporting community causes and growing employment in the local area.
Excellence in Community Development Award
Criteria: The Excellence in Community Development award will recognize a business or social enterprise that has made significant and notable contributions to their community (cultural, social, environmental, and/or economic) and that serves as a catalyst for positive action, exhibiting the highest standards of leadership.
Agriculture/ Agri Small Business Award
Criteria: Recognizes an individual, group or organization, or business where the principles of running a successful agricultural, or related operation, are applied and result in a thriving and environmentally friendly endeavor. The enterprise must derive more than 50% of its annual revenue from agricultural-related activities.
Small Business Growth Award
Criteria: Recognizes a business that has been in operation for more than two years, demonstrating growth in a measurable way such as expansion, increased customers, new employees, new products.
NEW in 2021 - Newcomer Business Award
Criteria: a new business that has opened in the last three years in Truro and Colchester that were not originally residents of this region.