Frequently asked questions

01

Who should submit in Best in Biz Awards International?

Any company in the world can submit in Best in Biz Awards International, regardless of its size, industry, funding or specific geographic location. In addition to companies in various industries, PR, marketing and advertising agencies are encouraged to apply on behalf of their clients or themselves.

02

What are the benefits of winning Best in Biz Awards?

Winning business awards has many benefits: it reinforces corporate direction; recognizes the talent and hard work of your entire departments and leading employees; makes it easier to attract new talent to the company; gains a sales advantage; and provides additional public relations opportunities and value.

The benefits are also tangible: A research study by Hendricks & Singhal of the University of Western Ontario and Georgia Institute of Technology revealed that corporate award winners had 37% more sales growth and 44% higher stock price return than their peers. A study by British Quality Foundation uncovered similar numbers, with smaller award-winning companies experiencing a 63% increase in operating income and a 39% growth in sales and large award-winning companies enjoying a 48% increase in operating income and a 37% growth in sales when compared to non-award winners.

Additionally, Best in Biz Awards winners receive the following benefits:
1. Press release: Winners are featured in an internationally distributed press release.
2. Website placement: All winners are featured on the winners’ pages on the Best in Biz Awards website. For gold and silver winners, logos and links to their sites are also included.
3. Logos: All winners receive winner logos that can be used on company websites and in other marketing and promotional materials.
4. Trophy: Gold winners receive complimentary customized award trophies. The award trophies were completely redesigned for the 2014 awards program, with the stylish new trophy design officially revealed in August 2014.
Silver and bronze winners have the option to purchase winner trophies to commemorate their achievement here.
Duplicate winners’ trophies are also available to all winners for purchase here.
5. News page: Winners’ news items – i.e. press releases, blog posts, award page entries, and articles – are featured on the winners’ news pages, including links back to the company sites.
6. Quotes: Winners’ press release quotations, tweets or other public statements may also be featured throughout the Best in Biz Awards website.

03

How do I submit for Best in Biz Awards?

The submission process is simple both for award first timers and veterans of other international, national or local award programs. An entry in any of the company, product, department/team, executive and PR and media categories, consists of three parts: 1) a description of the nominee’s achievements in 2016-2017, that is from January 1, 2016 until day of submission (in less than 500 words); 2) hyperlinks to any news coverage, press releases or materials supporting the submission; and 3) a short biography and business background of the nominee.

The entire submission is done via the ENTER NOW link above. American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Paypal are accepted methods of payment in the online entry system. If you prefer to use Google Wallet or pay by check or wire transfer, you can email us your ready submission directly in the email body or in .doc or .pdf format. Invoices can be provided upon request.

04

Can I submit entries in multiple award categories?

Yes. You may submit entries in as many award categories as you and your company see fit. Every category is judged by a different subset of judges and every category garners a different pool of entries, some attracting 10 times more entries than others. The best way to increase your chances at winning is to enter multiple categories.

It may not even be necessary to create an entirely new submission. We have found that the same entry may be perfectly applicable to multiple categories with minimal to no tweaks. Of course, feel free to completely refresh your submission as appropriate to tailor it for the additional categories and content you wish to highlight.

05

Can I submit entries in multiple award programs?

Yes. You may submit any number of entries to any of the categories in any of the Best in Biz Awards programs throughout the year. Winning e.g. Best in Biz Awards International does not preclude a company from entering and potentially winning Best in Biz Awards (North America), in the same or different award category.

06

What is the fee schedule for Best in Biz Awards submissions?

The fees in Best in Biz Awards 2017 International vary depending on the submission date. Late entry fees were $350 per submission, with the late deadline falling on April 28, 2017.

As the submissions in each award category are judged and scored by a judging panel, entry fee does not guarantee that a submission will be recognized as a gold, silver, or bronze winner.

07

I am planning to submit more than five entries. Will I be eligible for a discount?

Companies submitting five or more entries will be eligible for a 10% discount. Additional discounts may be available if you are submitting more than 10 entries. Please email us for more information.

08

How is Best in Biz Awards different from other awards programs?

Best in Biz Awards is the only business award program judged solely by a panel of independent members of the press and industry analysts.

09

Why are only press and analysts judging the competition?

Having researched and covered numerous successful companies, we believe these judges have the expertise to objectively evaluate the entry pool to choose the top companies, teams, executives and products from among the submissions.

10

How are the entries judged?

Entries in each category are judged by at least five media and industry analyst judges, with each judge providing scoring and other feedback. The scores are then aggregated and averaged by the Best in Biz Awards staff and the winners selected based on these results.

11

Are entry forms kept confidential?

Yes. Best in Biz Awards organizers distribute award entries only to the authorized media and industry analyst judges selected to review entries. The entries and the underlying information about the nominees will not be released to anyone else without prior approval from the entrant. Furthermore, no entries, including the winning entries, will be posted in whole or in part on the Best in Biz Awards site without prior approval by the entrant.

12

What regions is Best in Biz Awards conferred in?

Best in Biz Awards is currently conferred in two programs: North America and International. The North American program runs from May until September, and the International program runs from January until April.

Any company based in or operating in the specific awards region is eligible to apply in that region’s awards program. This includes companies whose headquarters are outside the region but which have offices or otherwise conduct business in the region.

The International program is our broadest and is open to any company from any industry operating in any country in the world. Entrants need not be conducting business globally; in fact, many past winners operate locally, nationally, or regionally.

13

My company is small. What if much bigger companies submit in my category?

All entries are judged on their own merit, recognizing achievements and successes while taking into account the companies’ size, resources and competitive industry landscape. The judges don’t play favorites and honor the best work in the region, regardless of size and budget. As a result, small companies are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies, putting everyone on a level playing field.

If necessary, the judges can decide to divide entries in any category into further subcategories based on size, e.g. winners in categories such as Company of the Year, Fastest Growing Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year and Executive of the Year are determined in three company size subcategories, i.e. Small, Medium and Large.

14

When are the winners announced?

Winners in Best in Biz Awards 2016 International were announced on August 24, 2016.

15

Will there be an awards ceremony for Best in Biz Awards 2017 International? Do I have to attend to be named a winner?

Best in Biz Awards is not planning an awards ceremony in 2017, though ceremonies might be organized in upcoming years.

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I am a member of the press or industry analyst. How do I judge Best in Biz Awards?

Please email us your credentials. We will verify the information and contact you with any questions or, if you are selected, to provide you with the judging information.