Voting Begins 24th Annual “Biz X Awards”

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Nominations End, Voting Begins In The 24th Annual “Biz X Awards”

Summer is sadly coming to an end and cooler, autumn days will soon arrive. However, here at the magazine the heat is still on!

We have stories to write, ads to sell, a website and social media pages to update daily and information packages to receive from worthy award nominees so we can assemble on our biggest issue of the year, the 24th annual Biz X Awards edition published in mid November.

Below is a summary on how the awards process works.

The 2021 awards categories were officially released in the July/August issue and on our website and are repeated in my September column to ensure everyone has as much time as possible to participate. Nominations officially closed on September 10, 2021 at 5 p.m. From July 28 to September 10, readers nominated the businesses, organizations, events and people in Windsor/Essex County and Pelee Island that they believe are the best in each category and deserve to be recognized.

If you or your business/organization is fortunate to be nominated, make sure you supplied further details to us online about your qualifications, history, and to confirm information supplied by the nominators. An email would have been sent to you with instructions on how to get this information to us.

Nominees are made public on the Biz X website during the voting period from noon on September 16 until 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.

If you are a nominee, remember this is NOT a popularity contest and 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.

Our official rules are listed below. . .

1. Readers can only nominate ONE company/person per award category. Businesses/organizations/people are only permitted to win one award each year. THERE ARE 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.

2. The nominated company or individual must fit the category’s criteria. All nominees must be over 19 years of age.

3. The business/ person 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.

Visit: for the very latest information and our social media pages. Make sure you return to our site in mid November to learn who the final winners are!

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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.