Nominations Open For The 24th Annual “Biz X Awards”

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Nominations Open For The 24th Annual “Biz X Awards”


Here we go again! It’s summer and that means another exciting process in search of nominees for the annual Biz X Awards is in the works.

Last year we appropriately celebrated our 23rd year with the theme: “We Are All Survivors.” Whereas many in business are still fighting setbacks from the ongoing pandemic, everyone seems to be riding out the storm.

No matter what challenges we face, we always find the best this region has to offer when the nominations begin to roll in!

Let’s get started on year 24 now. 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 is a quick rundown on the whole awards process. With the publishing of our July/August edition, the categories are officially released and nominations are accepted on our website: from July 28 (noon) until September 10, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Readers can nominate the businesses and people in Windsor/Essex County and Pelee Island that they believe are the best in each category and deserve to be recognized.

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 16 and continues through to September 24, 2021 at 5 p.m.

During the voting period you can go online to: and cast your vote for your choice to win the 2021Biz 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) that means we did NOT receive your nomination. Please check all sections were filled out, and you have answered the reCAPTCHA question, and re-submit the form.

If you or your business is fortunate to be nominated, you will be contacted to supply further details to us online about your qualifications, history, and to confirm information supplied by the 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 tell all you know!

Remember that vote tallies are only a part 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 will not know the actual 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 24 years, Biz X has awarded over 750 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.

Traditionally, we have seven staple categories awarded every year — “Outstanding New Business,” “Distinguished Biz Champ Of The Year,” “Powerhouse Professional,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Little Retail Shop,” “Restaurant That’s Hot, Hot, Hot,” and “The Most Wonderful Event Of The Year.”

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 nominate or 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/organizations/people are only permitted to win one award each year. NEW FOR 2021! THERE CAN BE NO MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS IN DIFFERENT CATEGORIES. We reserve the right to choose the best category for the company or individual when a nomination comes in. All nominees must be over 19 years of age.
  2. Be certain that the company or individual you are nominating fits the category’s criteria.
  3. The business/person you nominate must be located (or reside) in Windsor, Essex County or Pelee Island 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.

Be sure to check your email account in August or early September to see if we contact you about an awards nomination. Visit: for the very latest information and watch for the September issue to learn how to vote in the 24th annual “Biz X Awards.”


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Deborah Jones – Publisher of Biz X Magazine Deborah Jones graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours Degree in Communication Studies and was employed at two other local magazines shortly after for a few years learning all she could about writing, advertising, public relations and more. She made the jump in 1998 to go out on her own to publish Biz X magazine and has worked in the publishing industry since 1990. In 2007, she earned the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce. To date, she is the ONLY woman so far to receive this award. In 2013, she received one of the first “Windsor Women of the Year” awards from the Ladies Exclusive Alliance. Her most recent achievement is a “2016 Vocational Service Award” from the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland. Deborah is proud to live in Windsor and truly cares about each and every business and strives to make Windsor Essex the best place to live, work and play.