Emerging Business of the Year

This award is open to all businesses that have started within the last two years who has  either found a niche area to focus on, brought a fantastic new product to market, or has overcome the odds to achieve success.

Micro-Business of the Year

With fewer than 10 employees, micro businesses are vitally important contributors to the economy. Micro-business of the year has become distinguished by creating a business marked by its ability to flourish regardless of size and possesses a flair for spotting opportunities in his or her chosen niche market.

Small Business of the Year

This award will be given to a business with fewer than 50 employees that has shown resilience and fortitude in overcoming obstacles and difficulties to ensure a secure and growing success.

Medium/Large Business of the Year

This award will be given to a business with 50 or more employees and has shown resilience and fortitude in overcoming obstacles and difficulties to ensure a secure and growing success.

Family Business of the Year

A family-owned business that now includes, or has included, more than one generation, and whose policies and business practices have had a positive impact on business and the community.

Employer of the Year

Businesses can reap rewards by offering employees outstanding training programs, progression monitoring and continuous career prospects. Employers recognized in this award category inspire and motivate their staff by enabling career expansion, operating equal opportunity schemes and understanding the importance of a work-life balance.

Entrepreneur of the Year

The entrepreneur of the year has excelled and shown distinction and success in his or her enterprise thanks to creative problem-solving and business flair.

Non-Profit of the Year

Pensacola has many outstanding nonprofits, and this award will be given to the one that has shown their dedication to improving the quality of life in our community.

Minority-Owned Business of the Year

This award recognizes a minority-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement in the community.

Women-Owned Business of the Year

This award recognizes a women-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement in the community.

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

This award recognizes a veteran-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement in the community.

 
 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Starting a new venture under the age of 30 is a significant achievement. This award recognizes a small business owner who has successfully launched and grown their business before their 30thbirthday.

 
 

Smart Business of the Year

This award recognizes a business that has used advanced or cutting-edge technology to advance their business or make a difference in their industry.