The 23rd Annual “Biz X Awards”


The 23rd Annual “Biz X Awards”

Fall is fast approaching and things are slowly getting back to a new normal. Despite all the shutdowns due to COVID-19, we have kept pumping out our issues and now we pick up even more speed as we enter our awards season.

We’ve been busy creating a new automated online process to collect information from nominees.

In the past, packages were dropped off or mailed to us. For this year, a safer method to share information with our Judges was needed.

Dozens of nominees have already been contacted, yet our search continues to find even more qualified businesses. The deadline is upon us, so keep reading to find out how to participate!

Now more than ever we need to reward businesses, organizations and people who are fighting hard to keep paying the bills and doing great things in our region! And the 2020 Biz X Awards are a fantastic way to do just that.

Here again is a quick rundown on how the awards process works.

With the publishing of the July/August edition, the categories were officially released, repeated in my September column, and nominations are accepted on our website until September 11 at 5 p.m.

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 or run an organization, ask your customers/clients to nominate you ASAP!

Whenever possible please include some supporting evidence, for your nominee, on our online form. ***NOTE: 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 on September 16 (noon) and continues through to September 25 (5 p.m.)

During the voting period you can go online and cast your vote for your choice to win the 2020 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’s always best for 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 and your computer screen will also display a message. If you DO NOT receive this email (check your spam folder too) then we did NOT receive your nomination. Please check all sections were filled out, you have answered the re-CAPTCHA and re-submit the form.
If you or your business/organization is fortunate to be nominated, you will be contacted to supply further details (online only) on your qualifications, history, and to confirm information supplied
by nominators.

Once the polls open September 16th, be sure to toot your own horn. Do whatever you can to get your customers to vote for you on the Biz X website — post a link to the voting poll on 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 deciding in the fall who the final winners will be. The Judges do not know the winners’ names as voting 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 23 years, Biz X has awarded over 724 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.

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.
Six staple categories are included for 2020 —“Outstanding New Business”; “Distinguished Biz Champ Of The Year”; “Powerhouse Professional”;“Artist of the Year”; “Best Little Retail Shop” and “Restaurant That’s Hot, Hot, Hot”.

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, 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). The PEOPLE categories (#8 to #13) are judged on the individual and not the company itself and those working for national chains/franchises and nonprofits are eligible to participate only in this section.
  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 organizations. And if you’re lucky enough to win . . . you and a guest receive a complimentary invitation to a future “Biz X Awards Gala” (held at St. Clair College Centre For The Arts with decor by Designs by Diane); a plaque from The Trophy Boys in Windsor; a write-up in our November/December Awards Edition and are declared #1 in your category.

Don’t forget to check your email account daily in September to see if we contact you about an awards nomination. Visit: for the very latest information and happy voting! Good luck to all nominees!

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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.