Customer Service Award
Celebrating the best in customer service, customer retention and customer relationship management. The award will go to the company that can demonstrate that it is truly “customer-focused”.
Friend of the Environment Award
The Friend of the Environment award recognizes a business that displays environmental responsibility. Processes include businesses that encourage and implement procedures to reduce power consumption, promote recycling, encourage the sustainable use of renewable resources and/or the protection of environmentally sensitive areas.
Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
Recognizing a business that shows achievement in some or all of the following: new or innovative product or service, or manufacturing technique, job creation, growth potential and market served.
The Design Improvement Award
The Design Improvement Award recognizes the business or organization in the community that demonstrates the greatest contribution to the commercial viability of the community through construction, renovation or development.
Friend of Youth Award
The Friend of Youth Award will be given to the company that demonstrates the best commitment to preparing youth for the workforce. Involvement in school to work transition programs such as career talks, career fairs, workplace tours, cooperative education, mentoring and project based learning must be established.
Tourism Excellence Award
The nominees will be judged on demonstrated commitment to excellence in attracting tourists to the City of Kawartha Lakes and will include consideration of customer service, staff knowledge, signage marketing and promoting of features, festivals or events that attract visitors to the area.
Retail Excellence Award
Nominees will be judged based on their business being a franchise or chain retail establishment and will be judged on a demonstrated commitment to innovation, excellence in retail and will demonstrate staff knowledge in consideration of merchandising, store design, demonstrated customer service and marketing and promotion.
Restaurant Excellence Award
Recognizing a restaurant of any size that has shown a high level of business service in the food & beverage sector. Nominees will be judged based on their customer service, quality of food, and the restaurant atmosphere.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Celebrating an entrepreneur under the age of 35, nominees will be judged on their company’s success and growth potential, innovation, participation in new economy activities and community involvement.
Excellence in Volunteer Leadership Award
Recognizing an organization in the City of Kawartha Lakes who continually shows excellence in the following areas: volunteer training, screening, recognition, risk management and crisis management. Nominations must include information regarding their accomplishments in these areas. This award will be broken down into 2 categories—organizations with 50 or less volunteers and organizations with 50+ volunteers.
Employer of the Year Award
Recognizing an organization or business in the City of Kawartha Lakes who continually provides a positive work environment to their employees. Areas of recognition include innovative ways the employer supports employees, growth and development strategies, positive workplace culture that encourages employees to be respected and engaged, workplace culture that reflects the importance of work/life balance and all examples of what makes your employer exceptional. Employees are encouraged to nominate their employer!