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2019 Biz X Awards Nominations Now Open

Enter Your Nominations Online Now For The 22nd Annual 2019 Biz X Awards

I know I have written this before — but, where does the time go?  It feels like we just celebrated the “Blackjack 21: A Run Of Good Luck” winners and now, here we go again for the 2019 Biz X Awards! Regardless, the publishing of our summer issue is an exciting time of the year for us as we learn through incoming nominations which businesses and people our readers believe are doing a great job. And that is always a good thing!

So let’s get cracking now on year 22. As usual, our nomination/voting process uses the latest technology via our website to allow for plenty of social media interaction. So be sure to share the nomination and voting links everywhere you can!

Here again is a quick rundown on how the awards process works. With the publishing of our summer edition, the categories are officially released and nominations are accepted on our website.

Readers can nominate the businesses and people in Windsor Essex who they believe are the best in each category and deserve to be recognized. So if you own a business, ask your customers to nominate you ASAP!

Nominations are accepted from mid-July until September 11 at noon.

Whenever possible please include some supporting evidence, for your nominee, on our online form. ***If you choose the wrong category, we reserve the right to move it to the appropriate category so that your nomination counts.

Nominees are made public on the Biz X website when voting commences at noon on September 12 and continues through to September 26 at 5 p.m.
During the voting period you can go online and cast your vote for your choice to win the 2019 Biz X Award in its respective category. You can also vote using your smart phone or tablet via our mobile friendly voting site.

Keep in mind the nomination and voting process is not a popularity contest — it only takes ONE nomination to be included in the voting poll. It is always best though to get a few people to nominate you or your business to ensure your nomination was received by us.

Once you nominate an individual or a business you will receive a confirmation email showing it was properly submitted. If you DO NOT receive this email (check your spam folder too) we did NOT receive your nomination. Please check all sections were filled out, you have answered the captcha question and re-submit the form.

If you or your business is fortunate to be nominated, you will be contacted to supply further details on your qualifications, history, and to confirm information supplied by nominators.

Once the polls open in September, don’t be shy to toot your own horn. Do whatever you can to get your customers to vote for you on the Biz X website — use social media and your own website to get those votes coming in!

Remember that vote tallies are only a portion of the overall selection process. All nomination forms received, along with company background information supplied and voting poll results, are then reviewed by the Biz X panel of Judges after the polls close.

The next step involves the Judges meeting in the fall to determine the final winners. The Judges do not know the winners’ names as voting during this meeting is done by secret ballot. The final results are posted in the November/December edition of Biz X magazine, released mid-November.

In the past 22 years, Biz X has awarded over 700 recipients in all kinds of industries, so don’t be discouraged if a certain category is not listed as it may have been previously awarded. (Please check our website to see a list of past winners.)

Now that we have entered our third decade of award winners, certain categories from years back are re-used to allow for new businesses in those industries to have the opportunity to be included.

Once again, there are six staple categories awarded every year — “Outstanding New Business,” “Powerhouse Professional,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Little Retail Shop,” “Restaurant That’s Hot, Hot, Hot” and “The Most Wonderful Event Of The Year.” (Please note local festivals and trade shows are now allowed to participate.) And new for 2019 and every year after we have added a new annual category, “Distinguished Biz Champ Of The Year” so those operating for over a year in business/service categories can be honoured.

Listed below are the four major sections containing the 24 various categories. While the majority of nominations and votes come from Essex County residents, U.S. citizens and those living outside Essex County can vote in any category, since they could be patrons of the business.

Please follow the rules below to ensure that your nomination counts . . .

1. Only nominate ONE company/person per award category. Businesses/people are only permitted to win one award each year. All nominees must be over 19 years of age.
2. Be certain that the company or individual you are nominating fits with the category’s criteria.

3. The business/person you nominate must be located (or reside) in Windsor or Essex County and NOT be part of a national franchise/chain or non-profit organization (except for categories in the PEOPLE section and category #22). The PEOPLE section (#8 to #13) is judged on the individual and not the company itself and those working for chains/franchises and non-profits are eligible to participate only in this section. An exception for category #22 is also allowed as many national organizations have local chapters hosting events.

4. Every business in Essex County (with the exceptions above) has the opportunity to win a Biz X Award. *However: NO MEDIA outlets or representatives can participate in any of the categories. You do not have to be an advertiser with the magazine to be nominated or to win. Judges are not told who is an advertiser (past or present) to ensure there are no biases or conflicts of interest.

Good luck to all area businesses, and if you are lucky enough to win . . . you and your guests receive a complimentary invitation to the 22nd annual “Biz X Awards Gala” (held November 15 at St. Clair College Centre For The Arts with decor by Designs by Diane and Joe McParland as MC); a plaque from The Trophy Boys in Windsor; a write-up in our November/December Awards Edition and are declared #1 in your category.

So be sure to check your email account in August or early September to see if we contact you about an awards nomination. Visit online for the very latest information and watch for the September issue to learn how to vote in the 22nd annual “Biz X Awards.”
And now we present the. . . 2019 BIZ X AWARDS CATEGORIES.

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